Family: Love Is a League of Its Own
Anyone who has followed my ministry for any length of time knows how important family is to me. I think back to when I was presented with the tremendous opportunity to move from Durham, NC to Dallas, TX to pastor the Potter’s House North. It might have seemed like an individual opportunity, but it required a decision that affected my entire family. As challenging as the move was, everything came together because we were able to come together, work together, and pray together as a family. I know for a fact that a family that prays together can move heaven and earth. There is power in agreement and when a family comes into agreement, because their spirits are one, God sits down on that agreement.
Regardless of what the world would suggest, we need each other.
Today there is a huge emphasis on being individuals and staying in control, but there is a need for us to be connected. That’s why God created the family. Whether it’s a biological family, single parent family, blended family big or small, when a family moves from a “me” mentality to a “we” mentality there is power. If you hurt, I hurt. If you win and I win, we all win because we are a team. We may fight, but if you have a problem you can’t solve, we are in it together. Unity has been created and where there is unity God commands the blessing. That’s why the enemy fights with all he has to attack the family. The difficult thing is keeping the family together when everything in today’s culture seems to be tearing the family apart.
What do you think would happen if we were able to reunite, reinforce, reestablish and reclaim the family?
Because I travel so frequently, I discovered the perfect metaphor for the family is flying. The pilot knows the destination and he has a flight plan and a compass to stay on track. It’s very possible that major or minor deviations may occur due to storms, turbulence, problems with the plane, etc. that may force the pilot to land in a different place. However, constant communication and feedback will get the plane and its passengers back on course. You see, a family must have a destination, or a goal. There needs to be a shared vision that involves everyone. Does your family have a safe place for open communication and feedback? Are you guided by your compass, the Holy Spirit? It’s the comforter that helps you know where you are and then points you in the right direction. No matter where you are as a family right now, you can get back on track if you will correct the course.
Things that seem impossible become possible when the family comes together.
Friend, we are doing life together. My family and your family make up the family of God. We all bring something different to the table, but love means one is not more powerful than the other. It’s time to stop hurting and start healing; stop lashing out and start listening; stop criticizing and start celebrating; stop competing with each other and start completing each other. After all, you will never be as successful as you think you’re going to be without your family.
In wanting to share my heart with you about the importance of the family, two scriptures immediately came to mind: 1 Peter 3:8 which begins, Finally be ye all of one mind having compassion one of another… and of course 1 Corinthians 13:4 which describes the attributes of real love that never fails. I encourage you to read them both in their entirety.
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