What do you think of when you hear the word "building"? Do you think of building bigger buildings, ministries, businesses, money portfolios or bank accounts? If so, you are in the majority. Some how our families are falling though the cracks. You may ask "what do you mean?"
What about our families? Have we focused so much on external things that our internal family structure is falling by the way side? What would happen if we switched our focus to building families? Isn't it true that our families are what make strong communities and strong countries? So why not build them up starting from the inside, first?
In order for any building to stand, it must have a firm or solid foundation to build upon. So how do we build a firm foundation with our families? TIME. It's our biggest most important investment ever. It's not the material goods and trinkets that build a foundation. It's the time we put into our families that count. I once heard a family radio show that asked a question that went like this. "What's the most important thing a family can do to keep their kids from drugs and prisons?" The answer was simple and yet profound. "Eat dinner together" that's it. According to their many years of study and statistics this was and is still a major factor. Sounds like a stretch but maybe not!
Perhaps this can be translated to building our families. How often does the average family eat at least one meal a day together? Do we talk with each other? Is demonstrating love and forgiveness the norm? Are we connecting on any level other than running past each other? Or have we let outside forces and the current culture build our families leaving them vulnerable? Something to think about...
While I don't claim to have all the answers and I'm not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, I know that we can do better. Information is plenteous as there are toms of books, blogs, and radio shows that talk about and guide parents in the art of building strong families. Again the families are what make communities and countries great.
So as the New Year is here, let us begin again and build them up.
Happy New Year!