God. Family. Country.

I was asked to create a design that incorporated what is most important to me. So what three things do I consider most important to me in life?  That’s easy.  God.  Family. Country.  But If you know me, you could have guessed my response.  And while there are a lot of people, places and things that I could consider “important” only those three speaks to and nurture the depth of me.  God, family and country is my personal mantra.  It is my mission statement and it defines my purpose in life.

Without a doubt, “the Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want.”  I’ve had my fair share of “wrong turns” and bad decisions.  If you only knew how many times God has had to intervene and intercede on my behalf.  So, you would be wasting your time and energy to attempt to convince me that:  1) God isn’t real or 2) that He doesn’t care for me.  Needless to say, you won’t find me turning to anything but God for direction and protection.  I am blessed to spend my life doing and being for His glory.

So what about this family thing?  It seems like it is common now to hate your family.  I mean literally hate.  I have spoken to people who openly denigrate their mom, dad, brothers and sisters.  I don’t know that behavior.  And, can’t understand it.  We didn’t bash our family on the phone with our new bestie or post personal affairs on social media.  Nope.  That just wasn’t done.  Growing up, the only people I would share my outrage or anger is with brothers/sisters and sometimes cousins, aunts and uncles.  Don’t get me wrong.  I had disagreements with my family but never have I taken it to the streets to discuss with people I have known for approximately 5 minutes.  But, it appears that is the norm. So many people are opting out of family.  They are just not interested in doing the hard work of relationship building.  They would rather their colleagues, neighbors, passing strangers and friends replace their mother, father, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles.

So, here’s the deal.  God in His infinite wisdom provided me with relatives.  Those relatives are my family.  Yeah, we don’t always agree but who does?  Family, to me, is sacred.  Let’s see what God says about family?

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (I Timothy 5:8).

If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loves God love his brother also (I John 4:20-21)

Country is just an extension of family.  Country isn’t a thing.  I understand it is a land but, in the true sense of the word, it’s a people.  It is you and I.  And, since I love my neighbors and my brothers.  I Love my country.   So, there you have it, GFC:  God, Family, Country.

What are three things you consider to be the most important in your life?

 

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