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  • What will you do?

    Consider...

    • Total hours in a year: 8760 hours
    • Approximate hours per year child spends sleeping: 3650 hours (based on recommended 10 per night for 7-12 year-olds)
    • Approximate hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
    • Approximate hours per year the average student spends doing homework: 270 hours (based on 1.5 hours per night)
    • Approximate hours per year of extracurricular activities (sports, etc.): 91 hours
    • Approximate hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500 hours
    • Approximate hours per year in church: 104 hours (based on two hours per week)
    • Approximate hours per year waiting or simply wasting time: 365 hours

    Total "free" hours remaining for the year (excluding appointments and other activities): 1880 hours



    ...and...

    • Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, preferred television: 54
    • "Those who faithfully attend Sunday School are more likely to leave the church than those who do not." (AnswersinGenesis.org, from Already Gone book description)




    ...in light of...
    Deuteronomy 6:5-9 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."



    A final thought...
    Are we doing a good job? How can we maximize our influence and minimize the time away from our children? Is there a category above that you can and should change or alter somewhat? Are you willing and able? Not all will have the same answers, but all should be willing to consider all possibilities and do whatever it takes! Future generations depend on it.
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