One morning last week, I awoke with a question in my mind:
Is your home like Zion? Or is it more like Babylon?
This question startled me. But it also made me think seriously about the atmosphere in my home, and I began to ask myself more questions, such as:
- What am I spending my time doing?
- What activities are a true priority for me, based on my actions, and not just my words?
- What kind of media is our family exposed to?
- Are there attitudes and ideas creeping in that are leading us down the wrong path?
- How do we speak to one another in our home? How do we treat one another?
- What messages am I sending my children?
Words that describe Babylon:
Words that describe Zion:
A Litmus Test
After pondering on this on my own, I decided to discuss these questions with my family, and we came up with a list of things we wanted to stop doing in order to eliminate "Babylonian" culture from our home. We also made a list of things we have been doing that make our home feel more like "Zion-like," that we want to continue doing. And lastly, we made a list of things that we want to add to our family culture that will help our home feel more like Zion, and less like Babylon.
Some things on our list that the kids suggested was spending less time on computers and devices, less time watching movies, and more time playing games together. We also wanted to continue our daily family prayers and scriptures study.
A Free Family Home Evening Plan
If you would like to use the lesson we shared in our home, below is the link to the Family Home Evening plan on Google Drive:
With a prayer for each of our homes,