One of the things in life we can’t choose is which family we are born into. However, I believe that God has put every person into the exact family He wants them in. God never says, “Oops, that child was supposed to be in the other family.” There is no way that we can know the reasons behind everything that God does, and we have to keep in mind that we live in an imperfect world.
I am grateful for the family God placed me into. There are many things I could mention – musical abilities, good work ethic, etc; but I’d like to focus on the moral aspect for this time. Not only was I blessed to grow up in a Christian home with parents that are still together, I have a good extended family.
Does everyone in my extended family believe exactly as I do? No, but there are basic Biblical principles present for generations back. There was no chance of me being cast out of my family or shunned because I decided to become a Christian. My heart aches for those that can not share their faith with their family or whose faith has caused a deep rift between family members.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Now as a parent I am grateful for the foundation that was laid by my relatives through generations past as they strived to live for the Lord; and I endeavor to continue this Godly heritage through my children and grandchildren’s lives.
This is my fourth entry for my “52 weeks of gratitude challenge.” If you want to join in feel free to use the comments to share your thoughts or a link. I’ll use the tag “gratitude” to connect the posts so you can easily find more from this series. Best wishes!