Every year we gather as families.
Turkey and Football, Black Friday and Tryptophan Thursday… the family together… In one place… for an extended period of time.
That will create some drama.
Sometimes it’s good drama (hugs, love, affection, and cheek pinching) and sometimes it’s bad. (arguments, old grudges renewed, hostility and offense)
The question for each of us, how will we respond?
Of course families have emotional baggage. Of course we struggle to ‘like’ the one’s we love. That’s life. That’s family. Expect it.
Don’t revel in how bad it (family) really is now that you’re back in the thick of the fray. Don’t marvel at how much the past mirrors our present, or how the old habits of your family are like Kryptonite to your Christian testimony of today.
My encouragement, my exhortation… enter the Turkey gates this year with renewed humility and hope.
- Humility – accepting your own flaws. Acknowledge and accept that you need as much forgiveness and grace as anyone before arriving… If you do, you’ll be in a much better position to extend some grace to your annoying whoever… 🙂
- Hope – trust that as God is actively at work in changing you… He is also working with those around you. That means… your family can change!
Remember… it’s the mix of good and bad that make it all so interesting. One thing we know for sure as followers of Christ, He expects us to learn to love each other as He loves us. That means to forgive and to be reconciled (*means to make things right) with our families.
Oh… and for those of you who are parents….your kids are watching.