Monday, June 20, 2011

The Family Tree

They say you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. Our friends are the pressure value that allows us to vent, our partner in crime when we get into a sticky situation and our shoulder when life brings us to tears.

If your family tree is like mine, there can be a whole lot of crazy growing on those branches! With so many different personalities, it may seem that you have both apples and oranges growing on the same branch. But upon closer inspection, the fruit may not be as different as you may think.

Here's a few take-aways I had from a recent family reunion up north:

God rewards integrity. No matter if you're a business owner, high level manager, work from home or punch a timeclock, God blesses those who work with integrity.

You never stop parenting. Even when you raise your own kids, God may use you to help raise your grandkids as well. Give it all you've got!

We're stronger than we think we are. Things like divorce or the loss of a child may feel like the end of the world but God won't leave us there!

Every person has something to teach us. I know that opposites attract, but they're not the only people we can learn from. We can learn from every person we come in contact with. Even if the lesson is what NOT to do...

Don't take family for granted. This one's a hard lesson for me because I am so guilty about not spending time with my brother and sisters even though they live nearby. They may be different than us, but God will use them to bless our lives in ways we'd never expect.

As I said in the beginning, you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. You may be thicker than theives and love spending time together or your personalities may collide and you seem worlds apart. Either way, I can't help thinking there's a reason God has placed you on the same tree. Although you may seem different, just remember...you're actually both nuts!

Be blessed,

Jennifer

"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!" Philippeans 4:1

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