The time has arrived and we are on the brink of summer! The life-changing celebrations begin graduations, baby showers, weddings and family reunions are in full swing. It feels like life slows down a bit from the everyday hustle and bustle of busyness. Summer is a marker for fun in the sun with family and friends. This month we will place an emphasis on “Focusing on the Family”. Every day we are on the go with things to do and places to go. Then there is unseen pressure to stay at abreast of the latest and greatest news, and gadgets. Now is a great time to really take the time to spend quality time doing things that you enjoy with people that you love.
Remember what life was like before social media, androids, and iPhones. It seems like a very long time ago and sometimes I long for the days. If you hadn’t talked to someone in a while you would call or visit to say,” hello” or “I love you”. It was how we stayed connected and it required more effort. Don’t get me wrong I love the convenience of texting and all the other ways to communicate, but nothing can substitute that feeling of the in-person interaction. It seems that actively listening and eye contact is a lost art form. I know that change is constant, but it is very important to hold fast to core values. Two of the most important lessons that I have learned is to value others and be present. Being present means to be totally in the moment whether it is a conversation with a co-worker, a game of basketball with my son, or a joke with my favorite aunt. I am totally in that moment with no distractions. When we devote more time to our families it strengthens the bond. Ministry begins in your home first. This is also how God longs for us to spend time with Him no distractions. Meditating on His word and being dependent on Him for everything. When we stay connected daily to Him to navigate through life everyone around us feels the outpouring of His goodness. It will require effort on our part to be faithful to His word and commands, but the reward of seeking His face in our space is incomparable!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit: apart from me you can do nothing. ”(John15:5)