Family is the oldest institution 


on earth.

Family is the cornerstone of this society.


Family is the basis, the backbone, the foundation, 


the infrastructure, and root of civilization.


Family is the bedrock from which


all other communities and nations stem from.


Families create generations.


Since God’s purpose spans the generations,


 our mission should be to help our children 


to develop a relationship with God 


by talking about God and explaining, 


as soon as they are able to comprehend, 


God's instructions on how to live. 



Wherever and whenever there is a window of 


opportunity... we need to seize the moment.


The point is...

we have a sacred duty to rear our children 


in love and righteousness.


We must equip our children, spiritually,

so they will be able to navigate, stay on course,

and have the highest and most fulfilling life.


Our goal as parents should be to endeavor to pass down


our faith to the next generation in such a way


 that they will be able to pass down their faith

 

to future generations.



Our role and privilege is to model, with pure truthfulness,


what we have in our relationship with God.



Our children yearn to see the reality 


of who God is in the natural flow of our lives.



Our children need to see that faith matters, 


that it is relevant to our daily situations, 


and that it is honest.



Children watch our actions, 

and they need to witness firsthand 

that our faith is not merely something we exhibit

 when it is convenient to do so. 


  
There's no need to preach... just let it flow.

When the conversations and our actions 

are born from a deep and abiding relationship

 that we ourselves have built with God 

and are maintaining...

 the words will flow and minister to us as well. 

Everyone is blessed when we make,

talking about God, a natural part of our conversation 

and teach by godly examples. 


We cannot afford to relegate spiritual discussions 


to a Sunday morning service, only...


especially when God's grace and mercy 


are both available... 


24-7!



Our goal should be to help our children/family

 to desire to know the Source of our joy 

and fall in love with God.

We can raise up godly generations, 


not only through our children, 


but also through our children's children.


It begins in our homes...


with us as the teachers.

One of the most important purposes of the family 


is to impart a godly heritage.


Family should teach our children well...


filling our communities, cities, states, countries, 


the entire universe with God-fearing, 


decent, fair, honest, upright, morally mature, 


emotionally sound and respectful, Spirit-filled, righteous, 


productive citizens...


who will not have to recover from their childhood, 


but will in turn, 


teach and raise a godly heritage 


when they become parents.



God’s desire is that families concentrate 


on building character and a godly spirit


 into their children. 



God's desire is that we would extend


 a godly heritage throughout our family


and future generations.


God has designed the family 


as the first source of spiritual training 


and preparation for life.

The family should provide the physical,


 emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs


 of its members so that they can become productive


 and useful for God and His work in the earth.


Every family has a specific God-given calling


and purpose to fulfill.



The family must impart and perpetuate


 their experiential knowledge of God.



The family must impart the qualities 


that enable members to rise to their fullest potential.


The concepts of love, acceptance of others, 


 morality, peace, justice, mercy, 


and self-denial for the good of others, 


are learned best within the structure 


of a God-fearing family.


If the family, for any reason, 

is prevented

 from producing people

 who possess these special qualities,

 the whole society suffers.

The bedrock of all societies,


a haven in a heartless world,


the birthplace of passion,


the most reliable unit in society 


should be the family.


The family...


is in serious crisis!

Although most regard family 


as their most gratifying aspect of life,


they also regard it as their most bewildering.


Strained, frazzled, tensed, stressed, 


and losing touch with each other...


the family is changing, and sad to say, 


not for the better. 


Dysfunctional and abusive homes, 


with little or no relational connection, 


where there is a lack of communication, 


little or no quality time together, 


no respect for one another, 


no boundaries,


emotional and physical scars,


 a lack of nurturing or encouragement,


left to themselves, 


can produce dysfunctional children...


who in turn pollute our society.



Our children will never live right...


if we do not lead right.



As a family, we should have core values that we live by.


We should lovingly teach our children 


to imbibe these core values.



Virtue, integrity, initiative, respect, 


and love are examples of what we should


  pour into our children and in any society. 



Emotions like love for God, unspeakable joy, 


peace, care, kindness, and other positive, 


God-like qualities 


are what we should be passing on to our children.

It was God’s intention for these positive attributes 


to be nurtured and maintained 


through the relationships and interconnectedness 


of the human family.


God designed into human beings 


a need and desire for positive, loving relationships.

 


Some family members are spiritually


starving to death.

Without family, that successful entrepreneur


may become that inmate.


That genius may become a dope dealer.


That great scientist, teacher, preacher, chef,


producer, writer, actor, mom, dad, or florist,


could become that homeless person


searching for crumbs to eat.

One can suffer untold damage 


without these interconnections.

Unfortunately, for some, 


the very people they look to for love


 and affection are the ones who have wounded them most.


Sometimes the ones who are quick to wound us are


members of our own family.



Some family members can be super-critical,


quick to find problems, and/or faults,


they tell cutting jokes that are put downs


(in other words... at another family member's expense)


leaving deep and painful wounds which can last a lifetime. 


Many family members have watched their parents,


 children, siblings, and spouses


go to the graves commenting


"We never really talked,"


or "I never really knew him/her."


Far too many families know what the other does, 


but they do not know each other.


Too many are searching for significance 


through mundane activities,


yet, in the midst of it all...


they have lost the significance


 of what they were designed to be...


a member of the highest institution


 in the entire universe...

When the families' foundation


crumbles,


eventually nations will.

Today, in our easy going, accommodating society, 


we're faced with tremendous family issues.


Many families are confused and scattered.


Many children don't experience healthy parent, 


child relationships.


Unfortunately, many parents don't feel the need


 to be committed parents.


There is an overflow of teen rebellion,


child abuse,


spousal violence,


alcoholism,


and other devastating problems which


are robbing families of their happiness.



What should be that safe haven of security 


for every man, woman, and child


has become more of a living hell.

Good families produce productive citizens.  

Families nurture, love, work together, and share one another's burdens.

Families are supportive and encouraging.

Families listen, counsel, and console their members.

 

Our families need to feel safe, 

no matter how trouble-filled the outside world may be.

They need to know that if they get sick, 

family has their back and will care for them. 

They need to know if they have problems 

with peer pressure, school, or work

they can go to family and get sage, godly advice and support. 

Our children live and learn best through 

their everyday observations and experiences of 

and with the people they love and trust.

A strong family is one that sustains its members.

A strong family supports and nourishes the members 

throughout the span of that family.

A strong family unit creates and cultivates a safe, 

positive, and a supportive place for all members 

to not only survive, but thrive!

Strong families create environments

 that allow children to not only hear God?s Word, 

but also to put God's Word into practice. 

A strong family will utilize their resources 

and live together in a fairly healthy manner. 

A strong family sincerely seeks God every day, 

asking God to reveal His plan for them.

The adults in a strong family understand the importance of 

setting the tone for a peaceful and loving environment.

They understand the importance of being good role models 

and leading by positively good examples.

Good families inscribe:

good morals, values, spirituality, love, self-respect,

 and dignity on the hearts and minds of their members.

High self-esteem and respect comes from 

positively good family environments and experiences.

In order for our society to eliminate crime, violence, 

and other societal ills...

each household must cultivate environments 

for our children's faith, in God, to grow. 

We must come to realize that a strong identity in Christ 

will guide all of our choices in ways that we as parents,

 in our own strength, simply cannot.

We must help our children fall in love with Jesus 

and teach our children

 how to cultivate a love relationship with God 

as we cultivate our own. 

We must live our lives authentically in front of our family members 

so that they become eyewitnesses to our own transformation.

Most importantly, we must pray that God's Spirit 

will transform our children into His likeness.

 

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