Since getting married, it has become common for extended family to stay with us over holidays or for a week here or there. It’s also become just as common for us to go stay with family. At first this might have seemed a bit strange, but it has become “the norm.” In fact, it has become so “normal,” that recently when we had family staying with us, I noticed how incredibly comfortable we all have become with each other.
My pastor says it’s abnormal when families all get along. I totally get that, but I’m also very grateful for the times when we do all seem to get along. Sure, we’re not perfect. And we don’t all agree or even believe the same things. But we’ve learned to get along. Yet we may not talk about as deep of issues together as my friends and I might, for the sake of maintaining harmony.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
When you think of the verse above, do you agree? Do you feel that sometimes it’s more difficult to get along with family than with friends? If so, why do you think that is? Is there any family member you struggle to get along with? Or perhaps one you get along with them, but only because you do not discuss deeper issues? That’s OK too. We’re not always called to be the ones to address deeper issues with certain people. But we can all pray for our family relationships. Spend time praying today for your family relationships. If you have an especially difficult family member who seems “born for adversity,” pray for that person in particular (Proverbs 17:17). Pray also that you would be obedient and glorify God in all your familial relationships.
This is taken from my upcoming book: 365 Living Words.