Family Lent

Recently we played a game as a family. I used to think playing games with little children was hard, but preteens raise the ante on the same set of problems. I was stunned by the level of selfishness, negative competition, slander, and whining. We could have ignored these character issues and just watch TV together for family night, but that would not be intentional parenting. Intentional parenting addresses character issues to transform a heart for God’s glory.

Lately I have realized how uninspiring our time as a family has gotten. We watch or observe something together because it is easier than pressing into our family dynamic. It is easier to go to the movies than go sledding. It less complicated to watch WipeOut than play Pictionary. This is why we need timely reminders to act intentionally.

I am thankful for the Lenten season. 40 days set aside by the historical church to focus on the coming of Resurrection Sunday. It can be a time of intentional focus. It is not about giving something up, but rather giving greater attention to motivations, passions, and actions.

Parent Equipping at Vista is celebrating Lent by blogging 40 days of Wisdom. We will go through Proverbs to help us assess and address character issues and development in our families. Each week will move through scripture and family activities for every age group, toddler through high school. Intentional spiritual growth as a family is hard and counter-cultural. TV and movie producers would just as soon we would consume without connection. There is nothing wrong with a family night out at the movies, but we are hoping this Lent season we can help each other become more intentional in engaging character issues in order to follow God’s plan.

Proverbs 1: 5-7

“Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.

And let those who understand receive guidance by exploring the depth of meaning

in these proverbs, parables, wise sayings and riddles.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and


Websites about Lent: www.crosswalk.com, www.christianitytoday.com, beliefnet