Many of us have heard the saying “blood is thicker than water,” meaning that family matters more than others, but some of us have had the opposite experience. We may have family members who never paid back money we loaned them, speak to us harshly or seem to make it their purpose to irk us. We don’t want to spend holidays, like Memorial Day, with them. Instead we seek to avoid them especially on days like this. We don’t feel that blood is thicker than water; they don’t particularly matter to us. But God challenges us to not forget them.
In Isaiah 58:7 God warns us not to hide from our own flesh. This means we are not supposed to avoid our relatives. Of course there are some who may be truly dangerous so I’m not talking about putting ourselves in harm’s way. But to the best of our ability we should seek to connect with our relatives in the best way that we can.
So today, this day that we honor those who died for us and our freedom in this country, I want us to take up the challenge to remember our relatives that we’d rather not be bothered with. We have to die to ourselves for them and seek to make amends in the ways we can. We don’t know if our dying to our desires will help someone to be free from shadiness, harsh talk or an urge to irk others. Our death just may bring the life–the freedom from corruption–that they need.
Take a Risk Challenge–Pray to ask God how He might have you to reach out to that relative that you have purposely avoided and then reach out to him or her. Dying to yourself to reach out to the relative that you don’t want to truly is a radical act of love.
My One Thousand Gifts List
Arriving to Ann Arbor safely
A great egg breakfast
Completing the compilation of the 39 Days of Christmas devotionals
Seeing this overweight squirrel that Nichole named Juicy scratching like a dog and waddling
A squirrel laying across a branch on his underside
Great conversation with Nichole
The plant garden at the getaway
Writing on the deck
Walking downtown to eat at Shalimar, the first Indian restaurant I ate at more than 20 years ago