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.



3 Responses

  1. A couple of thoughts from an old woman. I get stressed over the stress in my grandkids life and the go, go, go schedules. But on the other hand I have all the time in the world and don’t use it wisely. Got to be a happy medium in there somewhere. I think my grandkids will be better rounded for all their activities. Now here is something I thought of reading this, I wonder if the Catholic church has priests and nuns living alone for the very reason to be totally focused on God? Not real familiar with the religion so I don’t know. I told Jenny the other day that if I lived up there I would so be involved in your ministry as it is a subject close to my heart. But again, if I came up to be of help to Jennifer and their crazy schedules, how could I find time to participate in the ministry? We just can’t be in more than one place at a time. Saying I will pray for the kids and your ministry sounds a little hollow to me. I enjoy hands on more. That being said, I pray for your ministry but would rather be up there feeding the hungry.

    • Thanks Katherine, I appreciate your words. Yes, Catholicism has some serious contemplative activism in its history! Nuns and priests choose to dedicate their lives to God in quietness and availability. I love that about the way they worship. And we value your prayer more than you know. You are welcome to join in Spirit and in the physical sense whenever you want!!

  2. Was just thinking…He knows. He knows your hearts. He knows your season. And He knows He will keep on using you wherever you are walking along the path. 🙂 Love you.

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