We all have a core set of values that we instill to our families. What do you stand for? What do you stand against?
So what are you doing for your family to know the difference?
When we live by our convictions and stand firm on them, we are giving a standard to live by instead of living by whatever standard is before us at the moment.
It's one of the things I love about the Duggars family from 19 and Counting. They have strong spiritual convictions which they live by and have not let the worldly standards shape their family. Instead they have chosen to live spirit-led lives. Yet, many people are opposed to their ways and don't agree with the decisions they've made.
A strong set of rules and family standards establishes a sense of comfort within the family. Rules are not bad. They give boundaries and protect.
In our family, we live by certain convictions because its what we strongly believe God wants from us, to honor Him in these ways. Here are just a few:
-Sunday we give God our first fruits by going to church and devoting the morning to him with our church family. Activities, birthday parties, to do lists, all have to wait. This is our first priority.
-We don't add Santa Claus or the Easter bunny to celebrations that are God ordained. For us, these are opportunities to celebrate Jesus and share Jesus instead of giving equal focus somewhere else.
-We also homeschool our kids. Wierd, right? Well, for some. I know it was the right choice for us and our conviction to educate our children is what keeps me going on the rough days where sending them off to school starts looking more attractive.
Now please don't feel sorry for my kids. They have fun...lots of it and they stand on these convictions probably stronger than my husband and I. They find the Santa thing silly and wonder why parents "lie" to their kids. (These are their words, not mine) They look forward to church and wouldn't think of replacing it, even when the opportunities have presented themselves. They love being homeschooled and being part of all the social events that come with it. (There are many, will discuss in future blog post)
On the other hand, weak convictions lead to weak faith. Our convictions should be set on a firm foundation, a foundation that is unchanging and solid. Our values should reflect Godliness.
Sometimes people can look down on others convictions because they look different from what culture would classify as the norm. They seem different, maybe even radical?
But since when is the Holy Spirit predictable? Since when does God send His people to blend in with the crowd, instead he calls His people out. He sanctifies (calls out) us to be light in darkness and stand for those things in which he has called us to be witnesses of, without a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-dicipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Are you teaching your family to live with conviction?
Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.