It has to stop. Everyone is angry at at least half the people in the house – and in that, blames those other people for all their unhappinesses.
As a result, the anger and unhappiness grows worse every week.
Few in the house want to take time to listen. But…the fact is, we’ve all been taught how to live in happiness and peace.
It involves taking our eyes off of those around us, and focusing our eyes on Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the only source of true Joy and Peace.
There is no perfect world. There is no perfect home. There is no perfect family. We aren’t the best family, but we aren’t the worst, either.
We are all irritating. But Kids – everyone in any family is irritating – there is no getting away from that no matter who you marry. Therefore, take every opportunity to learn how to live with and love irritating people. You’re going to need the skill for your the rest of your life – for your marriage, work and neighbors.
Look to God, Trust in God, Obey God. There is no happiness or peace outside of Jesus Christ. If God is putting extreme pressure on the family right now, it’s for the purpose that we learn the things He wants us to learn. Praise God that He is giving us opportunities to learn to love and trust Him more.
Further, because God is our creator, everyone in a family has a purpose. This means that despite how angry we all are with each other, there is a reason for God having put us all together. No one is useless or unneeded. For every irritating, horrible thing that someone in the family does, there are also wonderful, beautiful things that that person does. But we have become so horribly critical of each other that we aren’t seeing any of the beauty.
We can’t survive as a family unless we start seeing what God has seen in each.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5
Originally written April 4, 2009
Adding Fruits of the Spirit…
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Galatians 5:22