Who knows you better than your family? Not very many people, probably! You see, most of the time, family connections are more personal, intimate and REAL than any other relationship you might have in your life.
Have you ever thought about how the way you are at home might reveal the “real” you? I don’t think anyone has ever seen my temper flare up or my emotions run high the way that my sisters and parents have in the past. The reason? Because we’re so close! Not just in proximity but also in relation. I share a space with them, and I share my whole life with them – no wonder they’re getting to see me, raw and unedited! In fact, I think it’d be safe to say that most of the time, it’s our families who have probably seen us at our very worst.
I know it’s strange to think about, but hear me out for a second… What if we all made it a point to minister to our own family members? Sounds strange, I know. But I think that it would prove to be very beneficial! In fact, if each of us were to take up the responsibility of ministering to our families, I think that every other ministry we are/will be involved with would grow as well.
So what are some practical steps we can take towards achieving this goal? Here are some basic things you could do right now!
1) Identify an area in your life that could stand some growth. Maybe it’s your temper, your selfishness, your desire to gossip, or even a struggle with gluttony! Whatever it is, pick it out.
2) Think about the different ways you are allowing that sin to grow in your life. What are you doing that is allowing this sin to grow?
3) Come up with ways that you can stop your sin cycle. For example, if you struggle with gossip, start training yourself to stop negative slander in its tracks and combat it with positive thoughts towards that person or situation. If you struggle with complaining, remind yourself every morning and evening to list out 3-4 things that you are blessed to have in your life (it’ll give you some perspective!)
4) Implement your ideas! Put them to use! See the way that they change not only your life, but those around you as well. Which brings me to my next point…
5) Be an example for your family members. Don’t you think they’re going to notice when you stop gossiping or losing your cool on a regular basis? You better believe they will!
We’ve got to remember that God has blessed us with the families we have for a purpose. The best way to make use of our role in the family is by using that as an opportunity to bring attention and glory to God.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” | Matthew 5:16