Family Means So Much

I've shared a few stories about Betty.  But believe me, I haven't always been the easiest person to live with.  I know, shocker - right?  We've had some fights that were epic.  We've been in some situations that were downright awful.  We didn't know how we were going to recover.  But in the end, a family was what meant so much to us.

Now after Betty and I moved to Florida, that meant her family was around 1,500 miles away, and mine was about 3,000 miles away.  We didn't have anyone to run to in a moments notice.  But with time, our church became family to us.  Over the years we have built relationships that have pulled us through some tough times.  There have been a few that wounded us too.

But that happens with family, doesn't it?

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

The church is a family.  We are all part of the Kingdom of God, but more importantly, we are to love one another.  Encourage each other.  Help carry each other's burdens.  Now there are no perfect churches.  Each church cannot meet every need - but they are not supposed to.  Here are a few things you and I need to remember. 

Jesus saves - not the church.  If you are looking for a church to save you, they can't do it.  But they can support you and introduce you to the One who can. 

Happiness is fluid, joy is constant.  If you are looking for a church to make you happy, you'll end up ruining it.  No, you're not a bad person.  Your happiness and its needs change from day to day.  What makes you happy today may not make you happy tomorrow.  Joy is a constant because its source is Jesus.  Jesus never changes. 

PRAY:  Der Jesus, help me to be the best part of my church family today.  AMEN 

P.S. Tomorrow the Stevens Family will be at FFWC.  You are going to enjoy a fantastic concert of encouraging music that builds up you and your family.