Family of four sitting together.

4 Family Goals

“Family is the opportunity to grow a love that impacts generations.”

Family is an amazing dichotomy. The best of us and the worst of us steam from our family. From this dichotomy, we can love and imprint the generations to come.

This is why marriages are attacked, kids and parents are tempted to drift away from each other, and why there are so many distractions that seek to take away from the family unit. There’s is great potential in our families.

No family is perfect because no person is perfect. We all bring flaws into our homes and the process of walking out a better us and a better family, takes intentionality and outside help. All of the joys and challenges are worth it because, what we do today, will impact the generations after us.

“And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Isaiah‬ ‭59‬:‭21‬

So, here are four family goals to consider this year.

1st – have a focused time to pray as a family.

There’s something powerful about praying together with our families. It bonds us spiritually and it unites us in our faith. This is massive! When we pray over each other and ask for prayer, it develops a trust that is needed more than ever.

I encourage you to have a set time for family prayer weekly. This can be five to ten minutes but when it’s consistent, it changes things.

2nd – have intentional fun as a family.

With all of our phones and technology, it’s easy for our families to go to a private room and zone out on our own devices. But this is a low level of activity.

Being together without our phones brings conversation, engagement, laughter, and memories.

For us, phones are off at 7:30P nightly. We play card games, hang out, and more. This intentionality gives simplistic fun and engagement that is needed. Some nights it’s late because of sports, but we choose to connect and have fun.

3rd – have a family dinner together as much as possible.

Having a meal together is something every family needs. It gives another opportunity to discuss different topics and bond around food while sharing. This is missed right now because the average family meal in America is twenty minutes. That’s right twenty minutes.

We must combat this trend and have family meals together. They don’t have to last hours, but having a meeting for food and conversation together goes a long way.

We must remember that these intentional acts form a bond of love that impacts generations and protects our family in the present from the things that would seek to destroy it.

4th – have one on one time with each family member.

For married couples, I believe, in the value of dating once a week. This has to be non-negotiable for a couple to stay connected in conversation, fun, and romance.

Our kids, need us and want our attention. Having one on one time builds trust, and opens the heart to develop an honest relationship. We want our kids to be able to talk to us because if they don’t, they will talk to someone else.

These four goals won’t move a mountain in a day, but over time they will help your family get to the mountain top together.

May this year be the best yet for you and your family!

The best is yet to come,

Pastor David Norris

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