From the heart of one of America’s greatest presidents came this truth, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” I do not have dinner (or “supper”- as we Southern girls call it) ideas, routines, or recipes to share with you in this post. Just think on the quote – it is convicting. America is made up of families. What we are as families is what we are as a nation. We learn and teach about life most when we are at home. The fact of the matter is that we cannot change our country, and we cannot even change our families. We can only change ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Only God can accomplish these great works in our personal lives, the lives of our families, and in the life of our nation. We must seek Him for the changes that need to be made.
“The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.” – G.K. Chesterton
In our families, we are free to choose if we will diligently seek the Lord or not. We are free to choose if we will have character at home where there is no public applause, cash paycheck, or appearance to uphold. We are free to leave our children a legacy of godliness or not. We are free to choose God’s ways or the world’s ways. We are free to make changes or to continue in the same. We are free to love or to be selfish. We are free to speak life or to speak idle words.
“The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.” – Henry Drummond
When we ask the Lord what changes we should make, He shows us. When we commit to actually changing, He helps us. Take time to ask and act on what changes you need to make at the dinner table [home], and I am doing the same.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” -Psalm 139:23-24
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” -II Chronicles 7:14
Happy Independence Day! ~Jeri Lynn