Activities, family, and the Kingdom

School and activities have created more busyness for the Coulombes recently, as I am sure it has done the same for many of you.  And I have noticed less time in my schedule made for those outside my immediate family.  This has concerned me and I ask for your prayers that Andy and I would continue to keep our schedule as open as possible and become even more purposeful with our time.  As our kids get older and become involved in sports, or other activities, we as Jesus followers must be careful to be deliberate, make time, stop and think, say ‘no’, say ‘yes’, and look outward to those around us.  It is easy to slip into the “well, my family is important to me” mantra.  Who is our family?  In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus says our family is those who do the will of the Father.

As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.  Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you.”

Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”  Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”


I’m not exactly sure what Jesus would say exactly about busy schedules, lots of activities, sports, etc.  But I do know He lived his life fully available to those around Him.  He was ready and willing.  That is what we want to be and we ask for your prayer and partnership in this way of life.  The Kingdom of God cannot increase if we can only see or spend time on our busy schedules, sports, activities, and entertainment.  We are here to be Jesus to those who don’t know Him.  And if we are to be Him, we must act as He acted.