For decades, Americans have bemoaned the decline of the family. In Colonial times, the family was the basic unit of society. It educated children, cared for the elderly and sick, taught skills to the youth, and was the economic center of production. All members participated in family support. The women of the home cooked, laundered, and wove cloth for clothing; they gardened, milked cows, harvested fruit, kept chickens, and canned goods. In most Colonial homes, the children all had responsibilities beginning at age seven.
All individuals were required to live within a family unit. In New England, a single man or woman paid extra taxes and many were forced to enter existing households. The people of that day believed that the might of our nation existed because of the strength of its families.
The American family has undergone radical changes in the past 50 years. Among all the changes has been the lack of worship, as a family, among God’s people. We seem to be too busy to set aside time to worship as a family. Each family member may have a different schedule, but one of our jobs, as parents, is to pull everyone together and focus on what’s truly important. If we’re too busy to worship God, we’re just TOO busy!
May I encourage you to worship with your family? This is the most important quality time you can spend with them.