Go Home and Love Your Family
I've noticed that sometimes I treat my family and friends (those closest to me) with far less respect than I do others. When I go into a store to purchase something or into a restaurant to be served, I'm usually pretty polite. I thank the cashier or my waiter for their service. I give a pleasant smile. I might even spend a little time encouraging a stranger or sharing a laugh.
Why is it then, when I come into the presence of family I tend to drop the congeniality? I might have an opinion to share or a bone to pick or a few harsh words to get out. Shame on me! Call it whatever you will ("letting your guard down" or "being comfortable enough with someone to be real" or "letting your loved ones see you at your worst") but treating my family worse than I treat others is simply wrong and I want to fix it!
I think many would agree that humans in general can and should do a better job of treating our families with respect and honor. Of course, in times of pain and heartache we tend to cling to one another for love and support, but I'm talking here about how we treat each other in our daily routines.
Mother Theresa, a woman who devoted her life to giving, loving, and relating to others, spoke these words:
"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family."
Wow! If we could all heed that simple advice, how different would our world really be? I want to encourage anyone reading this to spend some time considering how you can better love and relate to your family. When a harsh word is spoken, exercise grace by holding your tongue. When tempers flare, be the one ready to put them out with the cooling waters of forgiveness. Rather than worry about having your own needs met, think of what you might do to meet a family members' needs.
When it's all said and done, can any of us really survive this life without relationship? Let's make a conscious effort, then, to relate better to the ones we are closest to. At the New Life Clinic we value relationships and we understand the need for strengthening families. This fall we are offering a class that will do just that! I hope you'll join us for Relationships 101 as we learn together how to go home and love our families! Check out the Connections calendar on our website or call the front desk (937-382-2424) for more information.