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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

5 Ways To Create A Home Of Worship - Holiday Opportunities

Another way of creating a home environment of worship is using holidays to put the focus on God. Like church attendance this is an attitude of the heart. Given our selfish natures, this attitude doesn’t come easily. Many of us like to celebrate in a way that puts the focus on us and satisfying our pleasures.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are the most obvious holidays for religious observance. It is important, however, that our children understand the real reasons for celebrating these holidays beyond the commercially-driven magic of the season and the anticipated relief from work and school. Stuffing ourselves silly is wonderful, and Santa Claus is fun and the Easter Bunny cute, but they should never take precedence over celebrating thankfulness, adoration and worship of our Savior.

Look for deliberate ways of not only acknowledging Jesus but being thankful to the Father for all we have. New Year’s is a time for family members to resolve a closer walk with the Lord and thanking Him for the past year. No sincere valentine could be without a reference to God’s love. Memorial Day can not only remember our veterans but those who have passed on before us who had an impact on our lives.

July 4th is not merely parades, cookouts and fireworks. We should help our children remember our forefathers who put Christ first as they bravely proclaimed our country’s liberty. Birthdays are prime time for remembering God instead of focusing exclusively on glorifying the honoree. Basically any holiday or excuse for celebration can and should have God as the focus of it.

Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire….” God wants your child’s heart for himself. We are parents ordained by God to minister His Word to our children so that the Spirit of the Almighty Father touches their heart and inflames it with a love for their Savior.

Put God in your holidays. Make Him a big deal in your child’s eyes all year round.

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