Oh The Joy of Family To see through the eyes of a child…My grandson can find anything and make it work for him; to see the joy in it as well as the beauty of it. He even finds it fun looking through a magnifying glass. He does it for no reason other than the sheer pleasure of it.

As adults, we often look at people, especially family and do not see the beauty in them. Children are more uninhibited and have not been bruised by life. To see through the eyes of a child!

Let’s talk about family now. Have you found yourself looking at family members with a magnifying glass as a means of exaggerating their flaws? Have you used the magnifying glass not to see the beauty in the gifts God has given you through family but as a means of looking at what they are not? Have you looked through the lens and saw flaws, imperfections, blemishes,..anything other than the value in the family member?

God has blessed us with our family members–each and every one of them. I know sometimes it’s hard to imagine how one could be in the same bloodline as you and act the way they do. I know it seems that even though you reared those children, were raised with your siblings, taught the same values, had the  greatest teachers of all times (parents,grandparents, pastors), sat at the same table daily, read the same bible, prayed together–you find yourself wondering–“How can I be related to this one or that one?”

I can imagine that you sometimes look at some lovingly and others not so much. I believe that you find yourself wringing your hands, walking the floors crying sometimes over the silliness and unnecessary drama that takes place, thinking–“how”. Rest assured, you are not the only one.

I quote Pastor W. Terrell Snead, II when I tell you people this–“I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is we are family and the bad news is we are family.”

Yes, sometimes the family drama just won’t stop. Sometimes we wonder if we were adopted or if these people truly are our biological family. I’d venture a guess to say that some have just known they were adopted and off they went in search of their real family only to find out–yes, it’s true–we are blood related; we’re family! Well, Jesus has placed a lot of the family members I’ve described in our lives–some blood-related, others not. And they too, believe it or not, look at you, wring their hands, walked the floors crying a lot of times and wonder if you, too, are really their family member.  Yeah, they do the same as it relates to you.

Oh the joy of family!

Allow me to give you the good news, and I do mean the good news about family: family regardless of what shape, size, race, origin, religious background, gender, nationality,etc., will all go to bat for you even in your craziest moments. Family will declare boldly to any and every one–Not again. Not one more time will I do this!–only to do it one more time.

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son for us! He gave up what was most precious to Him to save a sin-sick world. I know, I know, we’re not God, but family.  Your real family so love you that they give in so many ways. And for my family I am truly grateful!

Oh, the joys of family!

Whip that magnifying glass out. Think about the worst person in your family. Think about how they irritate you to no end. Think about how you want to wring their neck over and over again. Can you see that person? Is it Cousin Jake or Brother Mark? Perhaps it’s Sister Sally? Now, think about God’s love for you and how you repeatedly do things that goes against His word, yet He continues to love you in spite of you. Think about this when dealing with your family–blood-related or Christ-related and then you too will exclaim–Oh, the joy of my family! Put that magnifying glass down!

  1. Matthew 7:5
    You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
  2. Luke 6:42
    How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.