A man scolded his son for being unruly at which point the child decided to rebel against his father. He got some of his clothes, his teddy bear, his piggy bank and proudly announced, "I'm running away from home!" The father calmly decided to look at the matter logically. "What if you get hungry?" he said. "Then I'll come home and eat!" bravely declared the child. "And what if you run out of money?" "I will come home and get some!" readily replied the child. The man then made a final attempt, "What if your clothes get dirty?" "Then I'll come home and let mommy wash them!" was the reply. The man shook his head and exclaimed, "This kid is not running away from home; he's going off to college."
We know that our families are important, but often we don’t treat them as valuable as we should. If we lost them, we would be devastated. I remember a song that said “Don’t it always seem to to go, that you don’t know what you've got 'till its gone?” How true! Our families are a treasure to us, even though there are member in it with problems, quirks, and issues.
God has made a way for your life to be blessed by each family member. Mothers, fathers, and children can all grow into the great life God has for them if we honor God and do what He says. Look at what Jesus said was the way to have a good and secure home.
Matthew 7:24-27 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall."
Every family has the storms, the floods, the wind. And the storm don’t just kind of gently creep up on a home, it “slam against that house”. The question is, what kind of homes make it? The one that listens to the Word of the Lord and act on it. When we take His word at face value (not just read it and define it, but act on it), we fashion our homes to be a place that makes it through the crises of life.