Family Discipleship
by Suzanne Walker

The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God. – Matthew 5:8 (HCSB)

Do you ever wish you could have a “do-over” for the week you just completed? If you could erase that week and begin again, would you? Do you feel weighed down by the mess you have made: the errors in judgment, the tasks left undone, the negativity of your thought life, the sharp and unkind words spoken, the missed opportunities, the poor example set for others? What a relief it would be to wipe the week away and begin anew with the wisdom gained by doing it wrong the first time. Where is that giant eraser?

The reality is that once lived, a week is history, never to be erased.  But the burden of sin attached to that week can be lifted, removed and even thrown away. It takes humility to get on your knees and discuss your failings with God, but the consequences of not doing so add up to anger, defeat, destruction and more. The fallout affects everyone around you – especially those you hold most dear. Seek God’s forgiveness, His wisdom and His willingness to make you new every day so that you may walk in the way everlasting and lead those who follow you along that same path.

Prayer: Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. God, make a fresh start in me, and shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. -Psalm 51:10, MSG

“Not to walk in the straight and narrow way yourself is to give the devil the biggest kind of a chance to get our children.” – Billy Sunday

Engage10K Prayer: Pray that God will examine and purify our motives in using all our resources to impact lives for His glory.

Merge Moment: Erasing & Beginning Again
Collect up a few erasers from your drawers, backpacks or desks. If you don’t have any, dig up some pencils with fairly decent erasers. Gather around the table with your family and give everyone a pencil, a slip of paper and an extra eraser if these are available. Ask everyone to think of something they did or said this past week that was unkind, negative or just a poor example for others. Each person should write this down on their paper. You can decide if the words on the slips should be read aloud. Now, erase the words. As each person in your family studies the now blank slip of paper, have someone read Psalm 51. When the reading is finished, have each person write down what they can say, do or think next time to have a positive impact in the life of another person. Talk about the way God can create a right spirit within each of us that can bring a fresh start.