One normal spring day, we stood at the doors and watched as the Department of Human Resources came and took a child away in a car unknown to us. He was being taken from his family. All for good reason, but still sad to watch. His family life wasn’t stellar. It wasn’t even less than stellar, or even good. It was bad. His family ties were being broken, stripped away from him.
1 Timothy 5:8 ~ But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (ESV)
Family is important. It doesn’t matter if it’s your immediate family, extended family, step-family, your in-laws, or outlaws. It doesn’t matter if you’re adopted, fostered, or blood. Family is important. Family takes care of it’s own. According to the Word, as mentioned above, so that they are not a burden to the church…or in more recent times, the government.
When families are estranged, it’s “strange” for everyone. Different people have different reasons for becoming distanced. It might be because of a lifestyle choice, disagreements over money, religious differences, marrying someone from a different background, or even bad behavior (Another day, another blog). We must not forget that we’re still family.
You can read Stop Being a Butthole Wife and apply it to any family member. I’ll let you read and decide for yourself.
When they’re grown, they’re grown, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Life is way too short to miss out on anything. I lost my dad, and my older sister at a very young age. We were close, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have had them in my life, but there’s not a day that passes that I wouldn’t wish for just another day with either of them; when in reality, I’m so glad they are not here to experience the world that we live in today. I am thankful for the promise that I will see them again.
I have a husband and two children that I adore, and a grandson that is the absolute apple of my eye. I have a son-in-law that was a missing piece of our puzzle, and an about-to-be-daughter-in-law that will put us over the top. There is nothing that could keep me from gettin’ to you babe, nope, that’s Ashford and Simpson. Seriously, I would move Heaven and Earth for them.
We all have our differences, and that includes family. We have disagreements, controversy, and discord; disputes, debates, and quarrels, but they don’t have to turn into problems that divide our families.
Don’t be the family butthole that severs family ties. Be the one that encourages peace. Matthew 5:9 ~ Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (NIV)