Sunday, September 5, 2010

Who's Kidding Who? Pt. 1- Who's In Charge?


Who's Kidding Who? Pt. 1- Who's In Charge?
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“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way that parents obey their children.”
Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor

This week we kicked off our new 3-part series on all things parental. This week I'll be posting a series of blogs in relation to that message. If you missed the message, I'll be posting all about it this week as we discover how to keep the right people in charge of your home. Who's in charge of your home? The Bible teaches us that God's family flow chart looks like this:

GOD’S FAMILY FLOW CHART
GOD- “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Eph. 5:1
Husband-Wife- “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” Eph. 5:25
Children- “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Eph. 6:1

God's the owner of everything & He calls the parents to be the CEO of the family. Unfortunately in today's culture, the family flow chart has been flipped upside down & the little guys have been left to call the shots & to set the agenda. The children have become the CEO of the family & whenever kids are at the wheel, you can guarantee the results are not good. How do you know if your children are the CEO of your home? How do you know if life revolves around them versus God's flow? Take this quick test to find out!

THE BALANCED FAMILY TEST

NEVER =1
SOMETIMES =2
ALWAYS =3


1. Do you go on a date with your spouse at least twice a month?

2. Do you eat dinner as a family around the dinner table at least three times
per week?

3. Do your children sleep in their own beds (not your bed) every night?

4. Do you and your spouse have TLC (touch, look, conversation) on a daily
basis?

5. Do you get away for a weekend alone as a couple (without your kids) at
least twice a year?

6. Do you have sexual intimacy with your spouse at least two times a week?

7. Do you and your spouse present a unified front when your children
question your authority?

8. Do you have a set bedtime for your kids/teens that is consistently
enforced?

9. Do you regularly evaluate your calendar to prevent ECA-itis (over-
scheduling extra-curricular activities)?

10. Is weekly church attendance a priority for you and your children?

This is a test, it's only a test! But, it can also help you see if your family flow is functioning the way God has designed. Join me tomorrow as we discover how to become parent CEO's of the household. Your marriage & your kids depend on it!