Dear Windermere friends and family,
Week 7 – Connecting as a family
Windermere has a beautiful row of family cabins. I think the early leaders of Windermere had the forethought to develop our campus with families in mind. I do not know of any parent that doesn’t want to connect with his or her family, especially if they are a Christian parent.
Families are so busy now a days, parents find it harder and harder to connect with their kids.
As an illustration, think about the computer. A student minister friend of mine says this –
The computer and its connection to the World Wide Web is ubiquitous. One of the most frustrating things that can happen in connecting to the internet is when one has a slow connection. With the internet, you need the highest speed connection you can get so you can get the most out of it. That is the way it is with families….we want a high speed connection.
The US Department of labor recently reported that the average American parent spends 15 minutes a day playing with their children and less than 3 minutes a day reading or talking to them. A wise pastor said to me – if the devil can’t make you bad he will make you busy.
Here is my thought – if we want a high speed connection with our kids then we will need to slow down the pace. How? Establish priorities. Here are a few ideas –
1. Take time to hang out with your kids
The Apostle Paul compares his work with the church to a father and child in 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12. The key word
comforting in the Biblical language means “to come along side of.” You have to be there with your kid. That is the beauty of taking a few days at Windermere and being there with your kid.
2. Take time to encourage your kids
Catch them doing something good. See about getting off their back and on their team. At Windermere we say playing is the best way to build team work.
3. Take time to listen to your kids
Listening is the language of love. It requires time. Remember
children want our presence more than presents. By asking questions you can create opportunities to listen. Example – Tell me what are you the most proud of in your life?
4. Take time to talk to your kids
I find the order of the key verbs in the above passage, 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 is important. Paul says he was
encouraging then comforting and finally urging or instructing. It really doesn’t have to be profound.
5. Take time to pray for your kids
James 5:16 says, the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. As a parent it can be awkward to share with your kid what is on your heart, but not so with your Heavenly Father.
We would love to host your family vacation. Windermere is the perfect place to speed up your connection by slowing down.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611
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