I have to say I am part of one big happy (for the most part) family. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with them, and sometimes I don’t know how to love them, but we always laugh (at ourselves and each other), cry when hurt, fuss and sputter. I have no doubt my family would be there for me through thick or thin. Not everyone is so fortunate.
I believe families can be your support system despite being a blood relative. Love is not limited by the human body or DNA. Some people never knew their mother and father … some were abandoned and raised by a grandmother or father … and some were orphaned and adopted into a loving, caring home.
There have been thousands of cases of early theologians, writers, poets, politicians, musicians, singers, actors/actresses, and business entrepreneurs had been orphaned as an infant, then adopted by loving parents. Those parents instilled courage and a high self-esteem to their new offspring so that one day, they would step forth into the world with an “I can do” attitude to literally conquer the world. J.R.R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt, Faith Hill, Judy Garland … the list is endless.
The family structure is one of the most important in our society. Scripture says to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. I hope you’ll join me in being grateful for family … the good, the bad and the ugly … and to reach out to your neighbor. You just might be changing the world!