We all deal with these family monsters in our home at some point or another: The Angry Monster, The Selfish Monster & The Tech Monster.
The question is, how we tame them?
Find some practical conversation starters and activities to go through alongside those in your home below.
The Angry Monster
Whether we’re explosive and loud with our anger, or quiet and passive aggressive, anger can be a sin, putting a wedge between us and those we love.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19 & 20
“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27.
To tame the angry family monster, we start by forgiving those in our family.
The Selfish Monster
Does the selfish monster ever rear it’s ugly head in your home?
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
Value really sticks out here. We are placing the value of others ahead of ourselves. To be able to value like that requires a lot of spiritual maturity.
How hard is it for you to put others above yourself?
“Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” I Corinthians 13:5
Let’s look at how other translations render the verse:
• “Love…does not demand its own way” (NLT).
• “Love…does not insist on its own way” (ESV).
• “Love…does not seek its own” (NASB).
• “Love…is not selfish” (HCSB).
• “Love…is not self-serving” (NET).
• “Love isn’t always, ‘me first’ ” (The Message).
To tame the selfish monster, we serve one another!
The Tech Monster
The quality of family life influences every other part of our life. Surveys tell us that the greatest source of happiness in life – is the family.
God has designed the family as the basic unit of all society. As goes the family, so go our communities. As go our communities so go our states. As
go our states so go our nations. As go our nations so go entire civilizations.
As reported by Quartz, widely-respected internet analyst Mary Meeker shared that on average Americans spend nearly eight hours a day with our
“faces glued to TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets.”
And if viewing one screen at a time wasn’t enough, the Business Insider found that 88 percent of Americans use a second mobile screen while watching their primary TV screen.
“Anyone who does not take care of his family and those in his house has turned away from the faith. He is worse than a person who has never put
his trust in Christ.” I Timothy 5:8
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Matthew 16:26.
Technology is not just a kid issue. Technology is not an adult issue. Technology is a family issue.
To tame the tech monster, we need to spend quality time with people.