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The prophet Malachi wrote, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” Mal. 2:10 (NKJV)

 

Jesus introduced a new word never used before for God, the word ABBA, Father.  God is our Father, everybody’s Father.

 

Ellen White wrote, “No distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste, is recognized by God. He is the Maker of all mankind. All men are of one family by creation, and all are one through redemption. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition, to throw open every compartment of the temple courts, that every soul may have free access to God. His love is so broad, so deep, so full, that it penetrates everywhere.”[1]

 

We can begin each day by reaching out for our Father, who eagerly waits for us with His arms wide open.  And we can also reach out to our earthly siblings, children of the same Father, until all barriers between us are torn down.

[1] White, E. G. (1917). The Story of Prophets and Kings as Illustrated in the Capitvity and Restoration of Israel (Vol. 2, pp. 369–370). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

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How much of what is in your closet do you actually use? You probably have clothes you no longer wear.

 

Or perhaps we have that closet that holds everything – games, shoes, wrapping paper, umbrellas, the iron, gloves, hats, and mittens.

 

Did you know that closet cleaning was in the Bible? Job said, “Didn’t the poor bless me when they saw me coming, knowing I’d brought coats from my closet?” Job 31:20 (MSG).

 

I wonder if a good family activity might be a closet-cleaning party? Choose one closet at a time and together go through it selecting what to keep, what to give away, and what to throw away. What to keep would be those things that we actually plan to use or wear. What to throw away would be things that don’t have a pair, don’t work, or are broken. But the third pile would be things to give away. These would be good things that may benefit others. Perhaps clothes that can be cleaned and taken to a thrift store. Clean your closet to help and bless others.

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I grew up at a time when television was in black and white. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that it was shades of black and gray. Since that’s what we saw, it never occurred to me that the shows were actually in color – that’s how innocent we are as children.

 

I remember the first time I watched tv in full color. Wow! That was fantastic! I got to watch some of the same shows I had previously watched in black and white and I was fascinated. The ability to distinguish colors is priceless. I hear about people who are color-blind and it’s hard for me to imagine what it must be like.

 

Often, we choose the clothes and the gifts we will give to the people we love because of the colors of those objects. Bright colors for some clothes, darker colors for others. Jacob showed Joseph his love for him in a very special way, “He made him a robe of many colors” Genesis 37:3 (ESV).

You can show your love to your family through the gift of color. Love is not just shades of gray…love is in full color.

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Moses reminded the Israelites that, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB).

 

When the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have a bible. They were guided by Moses, who was listening to God. He then taught the people and wrote down God’s instructions. He was the first bible writer. The reason God felt it was important to put down His words in writing is because as much as we need physical food to nourish our bodies, we also need spiritual food to nourish our mind and our spirit.

 

Eating is vital for each of us but eating together nourishes us in many other ways. Sitting down to dinner as a family at least five days a week results in fewer teenage pregnancies, lower levels of depression and lower rates of suicide among boys.

 

In the same way, we should each have personal bible study, but there’s also great benefit when we study it and pray together as a family. Make the Bible a part of every day!

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Most every family begins when a couples declares their lifetime commitment to each other and to God on their wedding day. They have no idea what their life together will be like, if they will have children or not, or how long life will last. But they can trust that “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6, CEV).

 

God was there at the beginning and will be there at the end.  Nothing catches Him by surprise, and He knows how to carry us safely to the successful end.

 

Every good thing, every relationship, and every family has a beginning. And every one of these has an end too. Much of what determines the end is what happens at the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the relationship.

 

Commit yourself and your relationship to God, follow Him as you begin your life together, and trust Him as He carries you safely from the beginning all the way to the end.

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A dictionary defines ability as, “possession of the means or skill to do something.”[1]

 

If you have a specific talent or if you are proficient in something specific, it means that you have the ability to do such things. Perhaps your ability in the family is to cook well. You provide nutritious meals, and you enjoy doing it.

 

Or perhaps you are a handy person, you enjoy fixing things. So, you buy a house and fix and update everything to suit the needs of your family.

 

Your individual abilities contribute to the health and well-being of the entire family. Hoarding selfishly your abilities, hurts you, and your family. Paul said about the church members in Macedonia that, “according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,” 2 Corinthians 8:3 (NKJV) These people gave not just what they could, but went beyond that, in order to help their brothers and sisters in Corinth.

 

Be generous with your Ability to help and benefit your family.

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What amazing creatures are the ants. Sometimes we find them inside our homes. We wonder where they might have come from. The house looks to be so tightly insulated, not even air can get in…but the ants can. And it can be very difficult to get rid of them.

 

I guess I can’t really blame them. They’re always working for the benefit of the colony. I admire them, as they walk single file, sometimes carrying large pieces of a leaf, much bigger than they are. They walk a long distance back to their home, to feed the queen and the rest of the colony.

 

They’re probably some of the most selfless creatures, always giving all they are for the sake and health of the colony.

 

What an example for us to imitate. “Look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Proverbs 6:6 (MSG).

 

We should be selfless, like the ant, and work diligently for the benefit of the entire family.

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