We’ve been on vacation this week. Nothing big—just some family time in Branson, hanging out with the kids and grandkids. We love spending time together, cooking meals, playing games, and splashing in the pool. While dining in one of our favorite restaurants, I observed a family at a table not far from ours. What caught my attention was the mother on her cell phone, totally detached from her family. The Mom! It wasn’t the first time to see such a sight. I notice it all the time…adults and children alike self-absorbed in their own little techy worlds, all the while failing to interact with those in their very presence. Ok, I’m on my soapbox! But I think there is validity in my soapbox (of course I would, it’s my soapbox), especially in the home of the pastor where life’s demands and expectations are already high.
This month the focus of Refresh will be the minister’s family. Because I grew up in a pastor’s home and have now raised a pastor’s family, I have come to believe that one of the most important elements of the family is mealtime. Mealtime has always been one of my favorite times of the day. I love to come together after our paths have taken us different directions. We retreat from the hectic day and savor the sweetness of life given by God. It’s a time to acknowledge one another and share the events of the day. It’s a time to recognize efforts and encourage the heart that is downcast. I don’t mean to imply that dinner time should look like a TV series from the ‘60’s, but I do believe that it should be a meaningful time. And yes, it takes effort. Here are some ideas that might help you establish this important time in your family.
By all means this list is not exhaustive, but hopefully it gives you an idea of ways you can make mealtime an important part of the minister’s home. If you have family traditions that make dinner special, I would love to hear about it. In the meantime, bon appetite!