Family Faith Challenges
Our world is currently a lot different then what we are normally used to. Even though our world might look different at the moment, we still need to work on our relationship with God and to continue building each other up. Below there are Family Faith Challenges. These are things to encourage an individual, the kids, or the whole family to work on different things in their spiritual lives and the church. Choose one to work on for a few days and then choose another one! These will be updated about every two weeks or so. Enjoy!
- 1) Unplugging– It is easy to be spending this time going on technology and wasting the day away, wishing to go back to what life was before. Take a day and get away from social media and technology and enjoy the time surrounded by your family and invest in them. Play games or just talk, but whatever it is, do it with those around you.
- 2) Fasting – Fasting is something in which we give something up in order to spend that time growing closer to God. Option 1 – Take a break from social media for 1 week and whenever you catch yourself wanting to go scroll either open your Bible or pray to God or take the time to have a spiritual uplifting conversation. Option 2 – Take a day to abstain from food. Let the hunger be a reminder to look to God in all things and follow Christ’s example as he fasted 40 days in the wilderness.
- 3) Sabbath – “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” This is one of the Ten Commandments God gave Moses on Mt. Siani. Jesus also told his disciples that the Sabbath was made for mankind, so it is clearly important for people. With this in mind, whatever day of the week you have off from work or if not working then select a day, and make it into a Sabbath. It should be a day in which you do not do work and do not try to keep yourself busy, but should be a day in which you spend time in prayer and reflection with God as well as relax and recharge enjoying the world God created for us. Go for a walk, spend some time with family, etc.
- 4) Where do you see God? This week as you go through your day look for God in Nature, In People, and in Things. At the end of each day review these things and what how they remind you or help you see God.
- 5) Generosity – God has abundantly blessed our lives with so much. We talk about giving with open hearts, but we tend to not be open all the time when we should be, so take some time this week and give 3 things to people in need. This should not be to a store as a donation, but to someone you do or don’t know but can help out. (Be sure this is something different than what you would already do, i.e. not for a spouse or child). Jesus says in Matthew 6:3. “When you give to someone in need, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” To this end, when you do something generous for someone, try to make it an anonymous act of service and generosity of God’s love, not seeking personal credit.