February 17th, 2013

All In The Family

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Written by: Gene

After we left Billy and Delores’ Wedding Ceremony, I have been pondering the ideas of family. I got to witness 2 families come together to create on family.

I saw the Angelles, and how they were when they were together. I would say that they know how to “pass a good time.” Then there were the Turners. They are great people, and I am glad for the history that my family has with theirs.

That brings me to my family… Like everyone else in the world, If you asked me to describe my family, I would shrug my shoulders and say, “well you know, they are family.”

We all know what that means, but if you are going to pretend that you don’t know, I will explain it to you. It means that all families have their functional and dysfunctional sides, and you think that is how it is, because it has always been that way. We are filled with imperfect people, and all have the “black sheep”, and sometimes you feel like you are that “black sheep”. There are those that think they are perfect, and those that will readily admit their faults. There are those that can’t wait to get together, and those who can’t wait to just get away. There are those who are outgoing, and then there are those who are mean cusses that you avoid.

Saying that, if you were to ask any person to describe themselves within that family unit, 99% of us would say, “well I am the normal one.”

I have been pondering my own family downline. I am a product of the Jordan and the Thibodeaux families. My kids are products of that blend, and the Collett and Duplichain families. I married into the Hawthorne family, with step-kids that are Turner and Hawthorne. Those kids are married into the Decker and Angelle families. I also have a sister who married a Quebedeaux, and they have kids that they have adopted from other families into our own family.

As all these transitions have happened, I have met some great people, and some people who do everything possible to let you know that you are unwelcome into the family.

That being said, I ultimately consider my eternal family. Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

I made a choice to allow myself to be adopted into the family of God, and let me tell you, it is the best decision that I have ever made. We are filled with the most dysfunctional people who ever walked the face of the earth, and every one of us is perfect.

We are not all perfect, because we have perfect pasts, but we are perfect because our Father makes us perfect through the blood of Jesus. When we realized how imperfect we truly were, and that God loved us anyway, we confessed our sins to God. The confessing of those imperfections, and the wanting to turn from those past lives, enabled God to apply the forgiveness that we all desperately needed.

You see, forgiveness is already there, and the application for adoption has been approved for you. It is up to you. You must make the choice to accept it.

You have the right to say, “no, I want to keep doing things my way” or to say, “yes, Lord Jesus, I am sick of my past and I want a better future that comes through following You.”

What do you say?

About the Author

A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.

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