Featured in the June, 2012 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
A family is two or more people related by law or birth living in the same household.
A family is a school in which the father and mother share wisdom with the children. In the family, life skills are acquired, so that the children can become responsible, productive members of society.
Here, work habits are to be developed and a biblical standard of morality taught, such as in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7).
It is in the family that relational skills are to be developed and polished. Here, you are living with people who have to put up with you, so later you can get along with those who do not have to tolerate you. "God sets the lonely in families" (Psalm 68:6).
If a married couple does not give adequate attention to relational skills, then the marriage may become a disaster and end in divorce.
The children in the family have a golden opportunity to develop relational skills. However, the teen may say, "My dad is unreasonable and out of date. My mother is super fussy. My brother is a lunatic and my little sister is driving me crazy." So, the world is made up of all kinds of people. Your family is your first challenge in learning to get along with others, those older, those younger and those of the opposite sex. Thank God for everyone in your family. The world is filled with people who have rough edges. A family is a laboratory of life. If you can't get along with your own family members, what makes you think you can get along with other people.
Every family is an adventure. Each day has its surprises. Thank God for your family and each person in it. Each one is making a significant contribution to your life.