Jesus searching...that would be a more appropriate title. Where is He in my family's lives? What role does He play? What importance do we place on Him? on seeking Him? on worshipping Him?
I just finished a book that has me thinking. Making Sunday Special by Karen Burton Mains. This is an older book...but I was able to get it through our inter-library loan system.
Do we rest on Sundays like we should? Not so that we can be lazy...but so that we can be refreshed from focusing on Him and worshipping Him in a corporate setting, with our church family?
Can I truthfully answer all these above questions the way I would like to?
Here are a couple of excerpts from the book that really caught my attention:
from page 76:
One leaves church all too frequently Sunday after Sunday having peered into the closet full of anxieties, but never having truly exorcised the monsters who inhabit its dark territories. "Good," we think, "another Sunday behind us. Don't have to face that again for a whole week! Am I relieved!" And we leave, having no idea that we've just participated in a form of godliness without the power of godliness; that our Sunday attendance has been perfunctory, without meaning; an intellectual exercise in neutral without ever shifting into the high gear of heart and soul beating upward toward worship.
from page 84:
If we neglect to make Sunday special in our homes, we must not shake our heads one day when we discover that we have raised children who are spiritually wiggly; who cry and whine and are distracted from things of the soul; who develop intense emotional dislikes regarding church; who are defiant toward those very things we hold dear; whose greatest deficiency is the inability to love God with all their heart, mind, and strength; who have become part of a statistical population segment known as those who have fallen away from Christianity. We have simply raised children suffering from the effects of childhood spiritual neglect.
I don't know that I can currently answer those above questions the way I'd like to. I will continue my Jesus Searching...