A friend loves at all times; and a *brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
(*some translations “kinsfolk”).
Once, there was a tornado in the middle of the night. We woke up to our phones blaring over and over - the emergency broadcast system alert. Waaaa! Waaaa! Waaaa!. Outside, we heard an eerie sound filling up the air like a train. If you’ve ever been near a tornado you know this sound. Anything not tied down was blowing around, banging into things. There was the loud crash of a car window struck by a branch and then the car alarm blaring.…and that weird train sound. They were afraid. I was afraid. We hid. We listened for the rest of the night. The electricity went out and we were afraid to search for a candle.
We held each other. We told each other that we loved each other. We prayed to Jesus Christ. A profound sense of peace came over all of us. God gave us his candle.
Evil is all around us. This era is like a tornado. I don’t always do it, but I want to live with my family in that moment of honesty. How easy it was to cling to each other and seek God at that moment. Then, the good times and then we forget. Lord bind us to you and bind the family of whomever is reading this to you.
Test your family legacy in Jesus Christ during times of trouble. When you argue, do you turn to God? When one of you is in pain, do the rest heal and provide comfort like Jesus did? Do you perform acts of loving kindness without being asked?
Build your family legacy by making Christ the center of everything. Talk about him, together, over the phone, when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. There will always be one more family member in your home. Therefore, you will never be a family of one - there is no such thing for us. So, set your table for him.
Daily Battle Order:
Today, talk about Jesus Christ with your family or a family member. It can be prayer or it can be just talking about Jesus Christ and what his life and eternity means. Don’t let yourself forget that he will actually be there at the time you do so. Don’t say you have nobody to speak with. Remember that you have one more family member, Jesus Christ, to speak with – in your home and in your heart.