Take 5 is a simple (yet deeply profound) way to spend time together as a family (or gathering of friends) prayerfully considering together how to live together in the way of Jesus. While there are five steps to follow, the power lies in simply being together listening to God and one another. Take 5 is something you can practice daily in your home.
Here is an example of how to do Take 5:
- Share highs and lows of the day. Be careful not to criticize or correct during this time. You will only teach children not to share anything authentic. If you hear something greatly disturbing or distressing to you, wait until another time to address it—a time when your child is not “on trial” in front of the whole family. Lovingly address your concerns then, one-on-one, after you have had time for your emotions to cool.
- Listen to Scripture
For this booklet, we are recommending daily readings from Proverbs. Unlike many other books of the Bible, Proverbs was meant to be read in small snippets. It was meant for the instruction of children by their families! This guide might be one of the best possible uses of Proverbs.
- Talk about the verse and how it relates to your highs and lows.
- Pray for one another’s highs and lows, for your family, and for the world. The prayer need not be long and flowery. A shorter prayer that connects us to God in light of the highs and lows we have just shared is best.
- Bless one another.
EXAMPLE: (Name) you who have been blessed with so much, may you be a blessing to those who have so little.
EXAMPLE: (Name), may the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May he lift up his countenance on you and grant you peace, both now and forever.
EXAMPLE: May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever he may send you. May he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storms. May he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you. May he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.