Ed Young defines E in help stands for enjoy. H stands for hit the pause button, E stands for enjoy. We are to enjoy, what? Mealtimes together. What? That’s right, we are to enjoy mealtimes together. Here’s your homework assignment, 90’s family going 90 miles per hour. I want you to eat, this week, count them, one-two-three-four, four meals as a family. Preferably the nighttime meal. Most of us eat meals like the Dallas Cowboys. Huddle, down-set-hut, and they’re gone. That’s how we eat. “Time to eat!” “Oh, yeah!” We do that, don’t we?
Here’s what I want you to do – and this will revolutionize your life. After you eat, take the fork and the knife, put them down on the plate. Don’t take the dishes to the kitchen, yet, mom. I want you to sit there for twenty minutes after the meal has been concluded. You’re talking about some sweet times, you’re talking about some precious times, you’re talking about some rich times? Ed Young Pastor believes that you will have these times in your family if you stop – just this week, try it – for four nights. For twenty minutes after the meal, you talk. No noise. No ESPN. No Home Improvement. Talk. At first there will be long periods of silence. We live in the age of technology, don’t we? For many of us at Ed Young Ministries, we’re so involved with computers and televisions and CD players and all of this, that we’ve forgotten how to relate. Ask penetrating questions like this, dad or mom. “How was your day?” “How do you feel about this particular issue?” “Tell me about school.” “If you could go to any place in the world, where would you go?” Simple questions like that. All of a sudden you will open up doors and windows, and you’ll begin to relate. You’ll begin to know what’s going on in each others’ lives.
And then the rain of terror happened. But before it happened, the Lord said to Noah, Genesis 7:1, “Go into the ark you and your whole family..”