Now is the time to assess our family life

One of the wonderful opportunities this time of year offers each of us is the time to stop and take inventory of our lives and the functionality of our family. This assessment will most always lead to change.

Life can become mundane and, at the same time, chaotic. There is an old saying that “you will get used to anything once you have done it long enough.” We will get used to those things that are not beneficial nor producing what we want, and yet fail to make the necessary changes.

Dec. 31, in addition to being the end of the year, it also may provide an opportunity for each of us to make changes that are necessary to cultivate a thriving family environment.

Is Christmas break a welcome one to you because you are so very busy and so very tired that you need a break? If that is the case, then you also need to consider some changes that will prevent you from getting to this place again.

If you and your family continue at your present pace, what will it produce in your lives? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you and your family members so over-extended that it seems attractive to give up?

Jesus promised abundant life. (John 10:10 KJV) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The abundant life that Jesus gives comes from a life that has the right priorities in the right order. Jesus said some very special words when He was speaking on the cost of being a disciple. These same words are fitting when we consider the cost of being a parent.

(Luke 14:28-30 NLT) “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? (29) Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. (30) They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ ”

Our daily decisions have a cost to them. We don’t mind bearing the cost when the right investment is made that then produces the best returns. We don’t want to turn quarters into pennies in the legacy we create for our family and the daily investment we make in our children’s lives.

(Ephesians 3:20 NKJV) “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

Happy New Year!

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