Uncle Bryan traveled 8 hours on Friday to get to Statesboro, Georgia, only to leave at noon on Sunday and return to Miami. Why such effort for so short a visit? He took the time and made the effort to spend time with family because he believes in the importance of family time. He drew his Hawaii house’s view with sidewalk chalk, and then played front yard soccer amidst an infestation of gnats.
After worshiping together on Sunday, we ate our lunch before Bryan got his good-bye hugs from his niece, Austyn Grace. I thought of the ideas expressed in The Message‘s paraphrase of verses from Galatians 6.
4Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. 5Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
9So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. 10Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
So as we all have opportunity this week, let’s invest ourselves in the lives of those closest to us — our family.