Family Matters – Part 4

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep (Romans 12:15)!”

One of the major functions of family is support. We all need a support system. None of us are islands.

We did not get here by ourselves; even Jesus had Mary and Joseph as his parents.  It was through a collaborative effort of our fathers and mothers that we came into this world.  In the same way, we can’t function in this world alone; we need a support system.

Most of us desire that our major support come from our blood relatives.   Sometimes our families of origin are there for us and sometimes they are not able to be there for us.  Often they desire to support us, but they have so much going on within themselves that they are unavailable even when we need them the most.  People can’t give us what they don’t have. For our own holistic growth and development, we have to forgive them, release it and let it go.

As adults, we are responsible for establishing and maintaining our own support systems and networks.  No longer can we use the excuse that our families are not there for us.  Establish another support system to do what God has called you to do.  Our purpose is interconnected with the purpose of others. We need each other to fulfill our destiny.

No longer can we pretend that we don’t need assistance in reaching our goals.  We must let go of the erroneous thought, “I don’t need anybody.” We must release the false idea, “I can do it all by myself.”  Family matters; they are our support system.

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