Together – In the Good, Bad and In Between
Successful family bonds take work. A family united can overcome anything together, but that kind of relationship requires working at it every day as a team.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
─ Romans 12:15 ESV
In Romans 12:15, you are encouraged to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and to “mourn with those who mourn.” This is especially needed within families.
Successful families decide to do this by praising each other for accomplishments, big or small. They celebrate successes – and do it often.
The Hernandez family takes their daughters out to a special dinner every time they have mostly A’s on their report cards. Another family treats their child with ice cream after every band performance. Both are expected and anticipated traditions that help the children feel special about their achievements. They also reinforce the fact that they’re loved and appreciated.
Place Christ at the center of your home.
Successful families also support one another emotionally. The world is not a safe place. Lots of things happen that are upsetting or even devastating: from bad grades, to the loss of a job, to the death of a loved one. In these times:
- Make your home a haven, where every family member knows they will be loved and sustained, no matter what.
- Fortify this feeling of safety by having a vision – a sense of purpose, direction and destiny – in your family.
- Prioritize praying with each other and praising God together, particularly during the tough times.
Be happy, be sad and be everything in between as a family. It’ll solidify your relationships and place Christ at the center of your home.
Today’s One Thing
Check in as a family today.
- Ask each member how they are doing.
- Listen closely to their reply.
- Identify what they are celebrating or struggling with.
- Take turns offering praise and encouragement to one another.
- Offer appreciation for what each person contributes to the family.