“Happy Healthy Holy Household”
(Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Matt 19:14; Ephesians 5:21-31)
Shouldn’t households grow Happy, Healthy and Holy together? We foresee this happening best in an environment that fosters and coaches men/husband/father in his role as the proactive spiritual leader of his household seeking to lead, love and train those under his authority to follow Christ. We’re talking about raising men up, honoring women, building solid marriages, training children in godliness.
So… what does this look like on an on-going basis? How does a church help a family wherever it’s at get to the place where each member of that family can say, “I have a happy, healthy and holy household” with sincerity?
Does this seem like a tall order to you? As a church leader, we sometimes look to programs to assist us in that because either:
1. We haven’t been discipled OURSELVES by our own dads and don’t know how to lead our families spiritually
2. We haven’t been discipled by our church leaders to the point where we are confident, competent and loving disciple-makers ourselves so WE can help families on a personal level.
3. We trust in programs way too much to provide results we think God wants.
4. We are too tired to make the effort (let’s admit it: sometimes I have even fallen into this category).
Are programs bad/evil? Not necessarily. They have their place. They can be a great asset and support to even the godliest of families. Remember the medieval saying, “Don’t throw out the Baby with the bathwater.” Use caution in starting or promoting programs which could possibly become the tail that wags the dog.
Want a Happy, healthy, holy household? Start with Deuteronomy 6.