Family pic - 2014 

For many, the word “family” is associated with stress or tension.

Perhaps words like aggravation or disappointment are words that come to mind. Maybe words like blessed, happy, or fulfilled better describe your current family dynamic.

There are no happier times for my wife and I then when our entire family is together – 9 kids (6 by birth, 3 by marriage) and of course, the three cutest grandkids in the world! ha (Yes, I know all grandparents think that about their grandchildren!) With six grown kids, three of them married, and three living in different states, it is getting more difficult to plan those times where all of us gather together. Those times have become more and more precious.

The good times come with a few hard times though. All of our families could appear on the Jerry Springer show. Dysfunctional describes many of our families. But…the bottom line is that your family is the one that God put you in. With all the problems, heartaches and heartbreaks, it is YOUR family!

Isn’t it ironic that family can bring the most joy in your life but it can also bring the deepest pain…

Let me encourage you today to go make things right if they are wrong. Do not allow anything to hinder or hurt your relationship with your family. If you need to forgive, then do so.

Whatever it is, let it go. It really isn’t worth it. When all is said and done, when the end of your life comes, the only thing that will really matter is relationships. Your relationships with your family are worth fighting for.

Nothing brings me more joy than my family. We are not perfect, there have been disagreements and conflict through the years. But I am grateful that we love each other enough to make things right and move forward. Apart from Jesus, my family is my life!   

Bury the past, look to the future and live for today with great anticipation for great memories being made.

Family really does matter!

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