die. If we are going to rejoice, it must
be in this day.” 2
5. Worship together with
In Biblical times, celebrating the festivals
meant coming together with other believers in worship. Be careful not to let
the rush of the Christmas season keep
you from taking your family to church.
Join in the festive activities offered by being a part of a local congregation.
Last year our children’s Sunday School
6. Share with others.
class performed a live nativity the Sun-
day before Christmas. My eight-year-
old son Dawson was one of the three
wise men. After Christmas, I asked the
children to share their favorite events
of the holiday season. Dawson imme-
diately exclaimed, “playing a wise man
at church.” Let’s not underestimate the
impact that participating in a church
family activity during December has on
Sharing and giving characterized the fes-
tivals of the Jews. God instructed them
to make allowances for the servants, the
poor, and the foreigners that were “with-
in your gates” (Deuteronomy 16: 11).
During our own holidays today, we can
share in several ways:
• Give gifts to each other and people
outside of your family in the spirit of
purchase small gifts for their siblings.
in a meal. Look for a widow, widower, student, or anyone far away from
home and be hospitable. Last year, our
family housed two Japanese students
during the Christmas season.
mission agency or missionary family.
7. Read the Scriptures and pray
together at home.
I believe the most powerful method the
Lord has given parents to influence their
children is the simple practice of family
worship. In our sophisticated, high-tech
age, we may be tempted to forget the
spiritual potency of opening the Bible,
reading it to our families, and leading
them in prayer. God made it very simple:
pick up the Word of God, share it with
our families, and lead them to the throne
Charles Spurgeon said, “If we want to
bring up a godly family . . . let us seek to
train them up in the fear of God by meet-
ing together as a family for worship.” 3
Opportunities abound during the holi-
days to teach our children spiritual les-
sons. Let’s be on the alert, dads, to impact
our families for the Lord Jesus.
Rhett Wilson pastors The Spring Church in
Laurens, South Carolina. His blog Faith,
Family, and Friends can be found at www
. rhettwilson.blogspot.com. He enjoys doing
life with his wife and three children, exploring waterfalls in the Carolinas, reading and
writing, and listening to wholesome country, classical, and Broadway music. He is
currently working on a book called Seven
Words to Pray for My Family. Rhett is
available to speak at your church.
1. Robert Lewis, Raising a Modern-Day Knight
2. John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
3. C.H. Spurgeon, “A Pastoral Visit”
The following are helpful resources
to learn about the stories behind fa-
mous hymns and Christmas carols.
Use them to share great songs of the
season with your family:
40 Beloved Christmas Carols by
Jesus: Advent and Christmas with
Charles Wesley by Paul Wesley
May the walls of your house ring with
Dad’s laughter and good cheer.