So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. I Thessalonians 5:11
Families seem to struggle to apply this building up verse to their relationships with each other. Building each other up is not just about guidance and discipline and encouragement, it’s about focus. In other words, one very real way to build each other up is to focus on each other more.
These days there is much to distract a family from focusing on each other.
Last week my husband and I were out to eat and we noticed a family of four sitting around the table waiting for their food. All four of them were engrossed in their phones, and the youngest boy even had on earphones as he played a game.
What??? What a waste of a great opportunity to reconnect as a family!
Can I challenge you to make it a family rule that all phones are put aside during family meals?
This is still a struggle with us, even more so now that my kids are all grown. But we still call each other out when someone is on the phone and have even gone as far as stacking all the phones in the middle of the table.
Your time with your kids is precious and I’m guessing that as a busy family you probably don’t have a lot of down time with them. So when you have a chance to sit down to a meal together, don’t let the phone distract you.
Eat without your phones and see what transpires. Yes, you may have to work a little more at conversation, but the result will be well worth it!
Can you do it?
Are you struggling to focus on each other as a family? Maybe it’s not at dinner, but in other ways throughout the day? If you want help finding more time and ways to build each other up as a family, to focus on each other, let me help. Schedule your free introductory 30-minute coaching session here.