Short or tall. Young or old. Big or small. We all were born into some type of family of sort. The composition of families in society has changed. Dynamics in families vary but having a family provides us with a few fundamental ingredients.
Foundation: Families provide us with a foundation for trust and developing relationships with others. There we learn the fundamental skills needed to forge into the future. Who we become is built upon the experiences we had as children.
Faith: Church and faith has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. It was through fierce determination of my mother that my siblings and I grew up with the knowledge of the Heavenly Father. All those times spent in Sunday School, YPWW, and even choir practice (which I soooo dreaded) was sowing seeds of faith that would reap an eternal harvest within me.
Fun and Fond Memories: Just during ordinary days I’ve share so many laughs and good times with my family. And holidays bring back fond memories of Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth July, and Easter past. My extended family has a habit of gathering on any and every occasion.
Fan Club: It has been my family that has cheered me on from award ceremonies, graduations, and birthdays. There has not been one occasion that someone was not there encouraging me.
Families are often filled with faults as well. As I was reading a post over at Coffee Rings Everywhere about the author’s father, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness that I don’t recall any such tender moments with my dad. Dysfunction in families is nothing new simply read your Bible and you’ll find some major feuds and favoritism in families. We are unable to choose our natural families, but we all have to opportunity to become a part of a much greater family-God’s family.
P. S. Trying to come up with posts for the A-Z challenge has been fun and frightening. Find other F-related posts here.