Greetings. I want to talk to you about attitude. We all have attitudes…some good, some bad. Nevertheless, it is your attitude that will shape your character that will reveal your true identity. A few weeks ago, I was reflecting on how I treat my family. I love them so much, God knows I do. But they are just words. How about putting the action into it. The way you treat your family, in particular your parents as they are the head of you, you are also treating God that way.
If you do not acknowledge your parents now whilst you are young, do you think it will get any better when you grow older. We are aware that God never changes which is very good for us, however, why not make a decision to change the way you treat your loved ones? The way we treat our family should be reflected through our attitude towards them. We can appreciate our family by cleaning the house once in a while, by greeting them every blessed morning and saying goodnight to them, praying for them and buying unexpected gifts. All these things bring Glory to God’s Name and He is pleased with it.
It says in Ephesians 6 verse 1 that “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, as His representatives, for this is just and right”. Why should we obey our parents? Because God commanded it. Not only that, but as we continue to obey them, our future kids will also obey us. I do not believe any woman who is reading this message would want their kids to disrespect them. We must ensure that we are doing the right thing at the right time towards our family. Sometimes, you can sense when a loved one is full of pain, heartache, stress, financial difficulty etc. Do you want to keep adding your own pain to theirs? Of course not. I am aware that most mothers do their children’s laundry. That is alright, but once in a while, you could take over. You could even cook them a meal or buy them a take-away. Any little thing you do, they will appreciate it! Yes some have not been brought up from a good background, and I understand that, however, for those that have been brought up well, treat your family well. For those that haven’t, do the same if though the pain may still be in your heart.
Imagine waking up every morning to a sorrowful father, a weeping mother, a lonely sister or a bullied brother. They are constantly nagging you day in a day out. It can be upsetting. It feels like you are not doing your role properly. But God sees your heart and He understands everything. So instead of trying to figure out everything on your own, pray to God for STRENGTH, peace and guidance of the mouth. When our loved ones upset us, we can be so tempted to talk back, but show some respect and keep your mouth zipped. Do not allow the anger to control you, instead you control your own anger.
Remember that tomorrow is NOT promised, but because of God’s GRACE we can face tomorrow! Treat your family well now! Do not wait until it’s too late. We have to continue to acknowledge their existence. It may hurt at times when they do provoke us (which they do), but has it occurred to you that you could also be the cause of them provoking you? Maybe you said something that hurt your fathers feelings, or you spoke back at your mother whilst she was talking to you/ How about when you gave your sister the silent treatment when she was trying to see if you are alright, or your brother that wanted some company because he felt insecure about his GCSE grades. All these things happen, it is natural. But YOU can make a big difference. As you are treating your family well, you are also treating God well, and once He sees the motive of your heart, He will bless you in unexpected ways. Do not wait until something terrible happens before you start appreciating your loved ones.
APPRECIATE THEM NOW! Mark this day on the 20th June 2014 that Esther kindly advised the woman who is reading this message to treat your family well and enjoy every moment with them! 🙂
Have a great day.