365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I encourage each of us this day to love on our family. Family is like a bowl of well mixed ingredients that comes out as a beautiful and tasty recipe. I love my family because we all are unique and offer different ingredients which gives the family recipe the right amount of what is needed to reach near perfection. In my family recipe, we have a whole lot of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Oh, and let me make sure I mention a whole bunch of forgiveness because without this necessary ingredient, the family recipe would be “shot”! When I speak of family, I speak of maternal and paternal sides as well as kinship by marriage. In our recipe, there are no in-laws by separation or divorce, we are all one, mixed together with sincere love despite conflict and the “usual family stuff”.
What I love the most about my family is our ability to have each other’s back. For example, what one person lacks, another adds the portion that is missing. This is what family is all about and this, in my opinion, is family at its best. I challenge each of us today to sustain family relationship and if you no longer have a family relationship, I recommend reconciliation. As family, we need to be here for one another through prayer by faith and resources. When one family member does not have, not only should we pray by faith for them, but our heart should be willing to give to meet a need that is lacking. The bible states in James 2:15-17 (NLT), “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well” – but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
WR2W, there should be no reason to limit our love for family or prohibit extension of resources because of selfishness, anger, or disagreement with another’s choices. The recipe’s necessary ingredient, forgiveness, should have a taste strong enough to overpower the unpleasant flavors that were added because we were trying to make it perfect (and by the way, family perfection does not exist). “Instead, [we must] be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven [us]” (Ephesians 4:32 NLT). Today and every day, let us live in peace and harmony, knowing “Family is Everything”. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
I Love My Family