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Family life and Busyness

I have a confession–I like to have things to do.  Well, certain things to do.  The problem is not with doing or wanting to do certain things the problem is being consumed by doing, overcome by busyness or driven by wrong motives or perceived expectations.

We live in a society whose pace continues to increase–more connection, more email, more activity, more running, more events, more responsibility, more to do, more, more , more.

The average family seems consumed by activity, frayed and unable to get off the marry-go-round of a life they chose.

  • How will activity and busyness–impact our children?
  • How will activity–hinder our relationships?
  • How will activity–hinder our relationship with God?
  • How will activity–diminish our influence and impact on those near us?
  • Will activity create a performance oriented Christianity? What will this look like in the next generation?
  • Will activity keep our children from church as they learn from us wrong priorities?

Here is a short evaluation you can do with your family–Learning to use the Family Dashboard.

  • The speedometer–the pace of life
  • The RPMs–the stress of life
  • The gas gauge–the margins in life

Which one(s) do struggle with?

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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