I’ve always thought family dinners were important. But, now that we have a house full of teenagers, I just didn’t think it was possible any longer.
Three of our 5 kids are now driving, all of them have jobs, and of course let’s not forget their every demanding social lives. Plus, this summer we have two extra young people living in our home and a constant steady stream of friends.
Our busy life makes sit down meals seem impossible. Grab and go meal times are much easier.
But just because something seems easier, doesn’t mean it’s the right direction for my family.
Earlier this summer I heard a sermon by Dr. Tony Evans that hasn’t left me. It messed with me. And then it messed with me some more. It stuck to my heart, seeped into to my brain, and then finally made it’s way to my calendar. He said, “Great kids are raised around the dinner table. It’s Biblical.”
He was preaching on Psalm 128 and parked his message right on the second half of verse 3, “your sons (children) will be like olive shoots around your table.”
I think he had some good teaching about olives after that but his main point was how crucial it is to meet and eat together as a family several times a week.
So, this summer I started scheduling 3 family sit down meal times a week and posting that schedule on the fridge. Unless your employer schedules you and you absolutely can’t get someone to switch, you are expected to be at family meal time.
I also posted who is in charge of cooking and clean up for each meal. I borrowed that little tidbit from verse 2 of Psalm 128, “You will eat the fruit of your labor.” I reasoned I have been laboring over my kids for many a year, and now it is time for me to eat some fruit from that labor. In other words, you people know how to read a recipe and turn on the stove so make use of that Tuesday night.
I love the Bible.
Okay, it’s your turn. How do you make family meal time work? Or, do you need to commit to recapturing this time? Share your thoughts. And if you have any fail proof recipes, share those. Word has it my kids might need them.