Lead Pastor Ben Snyder kicked off a new series last weekend, Just a Phase. The focus is to help families intentionally move toward God and each other, no matter what phases they are going through.
My husband and I are empty nesters now, but I fondly remember all the different stages I experienced with my family. Some years were more challenging than others. My advice to parents experiencing a difficult phase is to get a puppy. Puppies are always happy to see you, they always love you, and they don’t talk back.
Our difficult phase was the teen phase. I learned to enjoy the little things in the relationship and not take their behavior so personally. Today, I look back and miss those years! It is a real challenge going through all the phases of life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and focus on all the wrong things. Life can be so busy and challenging at times.
Ben asked a question that I found very thought-provoking: 100 years from now, what will matter most?
I think when we meditate on this question, our priorities will change. We will realize a relationship with Jesus is what matters most to our families, loved ones, and ourselves.
How do you have a relationship with someone? You spend time with him. How do you spend time with Jesus? Reading and studying the Bible, praying, sitting quietly in his presence, going to church, and spending time with other Christians. As we do these things, Jesus slowly begins to change us. We will want our lives to bring Jesus glory and want his love and light to shine through us to lead others to him. All of our priorities will change. We will be filled with his peace, love, and joy. Our priority will be Jesus!
In the words of John the Baptist:
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
So, what can we do now to make an eternal difference in 100 years for our families and loved ones? Share the love of Jesus with others by loving each other as he has loved us.
Jesus says it best in this verse from the book of John.
34 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
I desperately want Jesus’ love to shine through me. I want to be a light in the darkness. I want to be remembered less for myself and more for being a follower of Christ. I want to make an eternal difference in my family’s and loved ones’ lives, now and in generations to come. And I want them to make an eternal difference too.
What will matter most in 100 years? How does this change your perspective on what’s really important? How do you spend time with Jesus?
Read the Bible. Pray with your children. Teach your family about Jesus. Love others as Jesus loves you.
Print out the Family Faith Plan for each of your children at
cedarcreek.tv/familyfaithplan to see what you can learn and implement.
Jesus, you are what is most important—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Help me to follow your commandment to love others as you have loved me. Help me to be a light in the darkness. Help me show your love and grace to all people. I beg of you to change us to be more like you. Help us all to make an eternal difference. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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