Today is the sixth installment of 30 days of resources for your family to use to grow together. Each of our daily activities will have the following pieces:
- PLAY TOGETHER: An opportunity to have fun and do something together instead of watching Netflix.
- TALK TOGETHER: Around the dinner table or just two of you sitting on the back porch, take turns asking these questions to learn more about the other.
- ORIENT TOGETHER: In time of need we have an opportunity to renew our vision for Jesus, and pray for His work in our life and world.
We hope these resources are helpful to you as a family. Feel free to share with others as well!
Have a Karaoke contest. Pick some songs, sing your heart out, laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, then have a duet or two. For added bonus, put it on social media and challenge others to a remote sing-off.
- What’s your favorite song right now? Read through the lyrics together…no judgment.
- If you could go to one concert and have front row seats that we purchased right now, who would you choose and why? Tell me about the band/artist and why you like them.
One of my favorite books is called Everyone’s A Theologian by R.C. Sproul. It’s an excellent book that provides a simple systematic theology for the everyman. But I especially love the premise. We all have thoughts about God (that’s what theology means – “study of God”); we’re all theologians. We’re just either good theologians or bad theologians. We either think properly about God based on what He’s told us about Himself, or we think wrongly about God because we really don’t know Him. But everyone’s a theologian.
Outside of reading the Bible, the biggest teaching tool for learning about God is music. Music shapes our view of God, and as such, also shapes the way we think about the world and everything else.
I grew up as a product of hip-hop. I love old school hip-hop/rap. I mean love it. But the problem is that it comes with a lot of rough content, just like much of today’s rap (and rock, and country, and everything…except maybe polka). After I became a Christian at 13, I found that the more that I listened to that music, the more I struggled with cursing, impure thoughts, anger and rage, etc. Now I’m not one that says, “Secular music is of the devil,” although it can certainly be an instrument he uses. All I’m getting at is that we learn and are trained up by what we fill our minds with. If we saturate our minds and hearts with music that glorifies sin, we find sin more palatable (easy to swallow). If we saturate our minds and hearts with music that glorifies God and teaches us about Him, we walk in the Spirit a little more easily (and that’s what we’re told to do).
Check out what Paul writes in Philippians 4:8-9
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything WORTHY OF PRAISE, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me (about God) – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (ESV, italics mine)
See? God reveals Himself to us. He does so through Scripture. For the genuine Christian – not just ones who say they are Christians – we hunger to know Him. So do a little self-evaluation, and you MUST be honest: What are you saturating your mind and heart with, and what is it teaching you about God?
And then, listen to this new song by Keith and Kristyn Getty, “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.”
Be well. Be safe. Christ be with you.
Today’s Family Resource for Growing Together is written by Brooks Anderson, a youth pastor in Lexington, SC.