The book The Family Worship Book has been in our church library for a couple of years and I’ll never forget this one paragraph. It’s quoted below. If you have young children at home, what wonderful opportunity you have before you. If your children are a little older and you haven’t engaged in any type of family worship through the week, you can take full advantage of the time you have left. Don’t feel equipped to lead family worship or know what to do during family worship? This resource would be a great start.
Here’s the quotation from the book:
If your children are in your home for 18 years, you have 6,570 occasions (figuring a six day week) for family worship. If you learn a new Psalm or hymn each month, they will be exposed to 216 in those 18 years. If you read a chapter a day, you will complete the Bible four and a half times in 18 years. Every day (if you follow our format) they will affirm a creed or recite the law. Every day they will confess their sins and plead for mercy. Every day they will intercede on behalf of others. Think in terms of the long view. What is the cumulative impact of just 15 minutes of this each day, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, for 18 years? At the rate of six days a week (excluding Sunday), one spends an hour and a half a week in family worship (about the length of a home Bible study), 78 hours a year (about the length of the meeting hours of seven weekend retreats), 1,404 hours over the course of 18 years (about the length of the assembly hours of 40 week-long summer camps, assuming about 30 hours in an average week long camp). When you establish your priorities, think in terms of the cumulative effect of this upon your children. Think of the cumulative effect of this upon you, after 40 or 60 or 80 years of daily family worship – all this without having to drive anywhere.
The second last sentence really sums it up. It’s all about priorities.