How much do you value your family?
by Marie Grossett 5/23/2011 / Family
Our family should play a very important part in our lives and the family unit is of God. But as the saying goes familiarly breeds contempt, when we get familiar with something or someone often time we can neglect the person or thing that we are familiar with. Our family could be one of those people we start to neglect.
We could neglect them for our careers or start going out with friends more. Or we can say negative things to them thinking our words won't hurt them 'oh it's only my spouse or my children they'll get over it.' Wrong! Negative words have just as much of an effect on your family. It can cause hurt, pain, confusion, and cause your loved ones to distance themselves from you.
We must remember that our ministry starts from the home. We have to build up our families and spend time with them, say positive things to them. When was the last time you told your spouse how much they mean to you and how they are the best person in the world, nothing can compare to them? Or told you children that you love them and despite what they're going through especially in their teen years you will always be there for them?
When was the last time you all sat around the dining table conversing or have a family meeting? Most importantly when was the last time you prayed together?
I admit my family was falling into a trap of growing apart. I was too busy doing business my husband was in another room watching television and the children were on their face book. One evening it just struck me that I don't even talk to my husband as much he must be feeling neglected. Also with the children we don't even know how they're doing at school or what they're going through, everyone was busy in their own little world.
I had to put a stop to this I called a family meeting and I expressed my concerns surprisingly my husband agreed with me. From now on we all decided that since the evenings is short and it is still good to have own space we decided to spend at least three hours with each other and the rest of the time is ours before bed time.
I decided to get up much earlier to do business and so my evenings would be freed. In the weekends we all would spend much more time with each other and pray together. Now I can see that our family unit is getting much closer.
So how do you value your family? Do you value them a lot or a little? Remember next to God the family unit is very important so don't neglect the people who care about you or you'll find your family being so apart that it would be harder to bring the unit back together. United we stand divided we fall!
Thank you for reading this article may God bless you.
Marie Grossett aka Vanessa Grossett is a published Author, and has interviewed best selling and award winning Christian Authors.