Pastor began our service last week by asking several people what they were thankful for. Every answer was either family or an individual member of their family. My family recently lost my brother very unexpectedly. Times like these really get a person thinking about how important and precious family relationships are. It makes you think about things that perhaps you would have done differently – things you should have done or said more often. We don’t give much thought about how quickly life can be altered. So, in keeping with setting goals for the new year, let’s determine to never assume that there will always be tomorrow. Determine to never assume they “know” you love them. Determine to express appreciation and love and not just “feel” it. Let’s give no opportunity for regrets especially when it comes to family.
29 Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air; common sense tells you it’s a stupid way to live. Proverbs 11:29 (MSG)
8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. 1 Timothy 5:8 (NLT)
4 Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, 5 Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, 6 Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 7 Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (MSG)