First things first:
Moms: thank you for being awesome. Well done…that’s it!
The question is, what would it look like for you and your family to practice following Jesus all week long?
At the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He said, “Whoever hears my words and puts them into practice (all week long) is wise…if you don’t, then it’s just plain foolish.” After reading Jesus’ invitation, it hit me that there are 10,080 minutes in a week. 80 of those minutes are in a gathering of the Church in some form or fashion, which leaves 10,000 other minutes to practice the principles of Jesus. Key note: The point here is not to earn God’s love or acceptance by doing these practices, but because we are unconditionally loved and accepted through Jesus, we can follow His lead and begin to look more like Him from the inside out! This is not a religious game of behavior modification, but a daily posture of responding to His love and invitation to be beautiful.
Every week, as a family and as a 10000MINUTE.com community, we are putting Jesus’ words and invitations into practice. One of our weekly practices was on praying for our enemies. My son had had some kid calling him “Fatty” at school and I was ready to go unleash my dad-wrath on this kid, his parents and their cat if they had one:) Here’s what I told him instead:
Son, I want to tell you to go punch that kid in the mouth the next time he calls you that, but buddy, what are we practicing this week? We are committing to praying for our enemies. Jesus knew what He was talking about, because this is going to change your heart, and it’s gonna change my heart towards this kid. His heart may not change at all, but ours will!
Sure enough, my son and I prayed for that kid every day and still do some days. Good news, my son and I have hearts that look more like Jesus now then we did back then. We could have done a Bible study craft about praying for our enemy and then left it in the trash, but instead, we put Jesus into action.
Invite, inspire, and equip your kids to practice Jesus all week long!
Tim Timmons is a singer, songwriter, worship leader and founder of 10,000 MINUTES, the non-profit equipping ministry led by Timmons and executed through various creative outlets such as live performance, blog, podcast, video, songwriting, devotionals, worship leader interaction, speaking, film/TV production and conferences. 10,000 MINUTES/10,000 MINUTES Kids exists to invite, inspire and equip people to know & follow Jesus all week long. To learn more about 10,000 MINUTES or to read Timmons’ latest blog, visit http://www.10000minutes.com.