The Way, The Truth and The LIFE?
What is the true meaning of the word family? In the dictionary, it simply states- A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. The definition of Sibling states- Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; brother or sister. The definition of Child- Young human being below the age of full physical development or below the legal age of majority. 2. A son or daughter of any age . Why are these explained so generally? Why isn’t there a better definition of ‘family’? Have we as a society lost sight of what family means? Why are we just living together in a household? Isn’t family supposed to be those whom you rely on? Those you grow with, learn with? And when I say learn, I mean parents teaching their children as well as children teaching parents.
Why do I feel as though we as parents, have completely disconnected from our children?
I believe parents get caught up in our own ungodly ways, which restricts us from providing what God has wanted us to provide for our children. Our “power trips”, our humanness- consistently losing sight of who brought us to life, is what has damaged our abilities as parents, to love like the one who loves us FULLY. And PASSIONATELY. Our God did not want us to raise our children like this. Where divorces are more common and ordinary than having family’s that are together. That alone, brings a whole concept of our impatience, our disobedience, our lack of trust in Him who CREATED our WORLD. What does that say about us? About our faith? Those who call themselves “Christians” and say they are raising their family based on good morals and the Bible and God’s will… are you really? What are you really living? Is that truly-solely His will? Or has our humanness again prevailed over the will of His?
When we love, do we love like God? Patiently, whole-heartedly, passionately? Are we forgiving? His love is far more than we could ever learn to love-given we are human. But does this stop you? Or does this warm your heart- make you pursue Christ on a whole different level because you passionately LOVE and WANT to reach those around you- or are you selfish? Do you only pursue those you KNOW will accept Christ into their lives the easiest? Or do you go after those who seem impossible to reach- and bring them to Christ? Is your faith in God really that little? For anything is POSSIBLE with Him. Do you battle in prayer for those who NEED Christ? Or do you give up after a few times because it simply, “isn’t working” or “it’s taking so long”? Since when did that matter to Him? We now serve the author of time. What’s your purpose, what is anyone’s purpose, or calling? Isn’t everyone called to spread the word of God? To reach out and give God’s love to those in need.
Why do we constantly stay within comfort zones? Why aren’t we the first ones up and praying and loving and reaching out to those in hopeless situations- the world- people? Why let them go right on by? Age doesn’t matter does it? When we parent- any situations our children gets into is fine- we can handle, we can offer advice and prayer- we have that confidence. But why is it that when you become an adult, reaching out to one another, we hesitate? Where did the confidence go? The faith?
Why have our words become meaningless- our definitions? Isn’t there more to a “family” other than being in the same household? WHY have we lost sight of ‘Family’. Why is family restricted to household. Where has the compassion for human life gone? Is this God’s will? And hope for the world? Where is the depth to the words “brother” and “sister”, the depth to our faith, the depth to our desire to follow Christ and live the way He desires us to live?
Where has it gone and WHY is no one fighting for its return?
Selfishness, Hypocrisy and LOVE.
I don’t understand why human beings act the way they do. It’s like, when we are in need of someone to care, someone to love on us and support us, our hearts are so open. We are ready and willing to allow someone, anyone, to love on us, we need love.. But then when the opposite arises and others need our love, care and ears to listen to them, the story they carry and the pain they hold, we deny them of all of that. We become selfish. Almost, demanding others for love, but not giving back any of it. It’s not healthy and it isn’t fair. We turn away people because of the way we perceive them. Their reputation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, looks… In the big scheme of life, does that really matter? Does any of that really matter enough for us to TURN OUR BACKS on other human beings, just like you and I, and drive them to ISOLATION, DEPRESSION and even SUICIDES? No. The answer is a flat out, NO. We are called to something greater than that. In the Christian faith, God calls us to love others they way He loves us.We are called to follow the way Jesus loves those in the Bible. He loves on EVERYONE. Not just His buddy’s, but those who came across Him. He never discriminated. He loved those who were of the lowest rank, those who were called “dirty”. He loved those who were shunned by the community. Jesus loved even those who mocked Him and hated Him, He loved those who eventually came to kill Him. Aka, His enemies. And I mean we won’t ever be able to love as perfectly as God, but we can strive to. I mean I know we can love better than what we display now. We can love better and more consistently so people around us, in our everyday lives can feel like they belong. I mean, is it really that difficult to strike up a small conversation? Hold the door open for people? Maybe even going so far as to pray for someone during the course of your day… Being Bold in Christ. Embracing who you are IN HIM. There are too many Christians, “claiming Christ” but not LIVING OUT who He is. Through our actions. And even if you aren’t Christian, you can’t possibly deny certain moral codes. Can you? I mean, even though you may not agree to the fact that there is a living God, you CAN AGREE to certain things. That, our actions make huge impressions on those around us. We can influence people negatively or help brighten their lives, with even small, kind and loving gestures. We can ask a random peer or co-worker to lunch, because they seem to be having a rough time in their lives and they just need a shoulder to lean on and someone to give some love. Guys, my bottom line is, regardless of religious preference, we ALL are called to be there for one another. Provide essential emotional support. Love on who we can. Love on who crosses our path. These are simple things, we can’t deny as a human being. My challenge for you, take some time and strike a conversation with someone. You would be surprised at what people are willing to share, when they feel as though they are being heard and someone WANTS to listen. And for all you Christians out there, at the beginning of your day, pray that God will give you the courage and the words to pray for someone. Pray that He send the Holy Spirit to guide you and that you have just the right words, for an individual’s situation. God is faithful. Be Blessed. Remember: “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” -C.S. Lewis
Yes, Amen. People of fame should definitely be more open about their Faith! EVERYONE should be more open about their faith, or at least willing to talk about their reason for not having a faith. There could be such radical changes if that happened.
what is character?
We all need to learn to take these words and put it into actions. Seriously, we need a revival.
Haha, aw I love Despicable Me. I want to own it haha.
Sitting out in the rain, with anyone who’s company you enjoy, is the most amazing thing ever.