I love chocolate. This confectioner's delight is truly one of my major weaknesses. What makes it even worse for me is that I enjoy chocolate in nearly all of its creative variations - fruit dipped in chocolate, chocolate infused with fruit, chocolate milk, milk chocolate, mint chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate with chilies, dark chocolate, and on and on. Much to my delight, I am told that chocolate even has some health benefits (Okay, maybe it is just a way to assuage guilt over an obsession. If so, it works!).
However, I also know that I cannot live on chocolate alone. Even though it is tasty and may have limited health benefits, chocolate cannot become the staple of my diet.
There are other areas of life where this same pattern holds true - studying for the test instead of spending time on the computer; getting much needed sleep instead of staying up to watch the horror movie; going to dinner with the family instead of playing another video game. It is through practicing the discipline of such things that one discovers the delight to be found in them.
The end of the summer and the beginning of another school year gives us the opportunity to make some adjustments in our commitments and priorities for our families. We have the opportunity to refocus our attention on some of the disciplines that may have been less of a priority during the restful days of summer.
Make the commitment to sit with your family in worship regularly. Even if such a family commitment leads to whining and a rolling of the eyes. Don't forget, we were all whining, eye-rolling teens at one time. It is part of the job description of parents to help our children make healthy choices until they can develop these healthy patterns for themselves. Worshiping together is one of the disciplines that will indeed lead to long term spiritual health and growth.