By Austin Johnson
This summer has been
incredible! But it has also been incredibly busy.
What happened to the time when summers were a break
and families rested and renewed their relationship
together? It seems like today, and my family was as
guilty as any, families are on the run just as much
during the summer as they are during the school
year. At this point most every child, high school
and below are back in school. This will present
families with another main course on their already
full plate. So for the sake of our families let us
be resolved to be different this school year. In a
world where family time is dinner on the couch while
watching television, choose to be different and sit
down at the table together. Following is a list of
tips for Christian families who are facing the
stresses and strains of everyday life in 21st
Eight Tips for Starting School:
1. Plan family time. The goal here is to set up a
time when the entire family agrees to be together.
No television, no sports, no distractions. Just time
to be together and talk.
2. Put your kids in wholesome and uplifting
situations. Your kids will be what you put around
them so put them in situations where they can grow
and mature in and for the Lord.
3. Do not allow your kids to be so involved with
life that you have to sacrifice church involvement.
Make it obvious to your children what is the most
important thing to be involved in, the work of the
4. Plan ahead so your mornings will not be rushed.
Frustration sets in easily when morning comes around
too early so make it easier on yourselves, plan
5. If one is working outside of the home, leave the
job at the workplace. Often time families cannot
separate work and home. Make every effort to control
one’s job instead of allowing ones job to be in
6. Eat a family dinner. Go ahead and clean off the
dinner table and use it for what was bought for.
7. Decide to have a family devotional once a week.
There is no bond in the world that ties anyone
closer than that of our faith. What better way is
there to discuss spiritual matters as a family?
8. Be flexible. Everyone knows that the tree that
snaps in a windstorm is one that is too firm to bend
a little with the wind. A healthy family is one who
can bend and move with the storms of life.
- Austin Johnson serves as youth minister for the
Calvert City Church of Christ in Calvert City,
KY. He may be contacted through the