A Blueprint for Success for Families
We too often search for things to satisfy us and bring us happiness only to find that they don’t. There are so many developments that have revolutionized the world around us. I think the question that we should ask ourselves, or Siri and Google Home, is what are we chasing and why? We have improved tremendously as a community, but sometimes these new got-to-haves can over stimulate and trigger anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and devaluing of others.
The need for consumption has caused a shifting within the family structure, too. In many families both parents are working outside of the home and the role of grandparents as caregivers has changed as the new seniors approach retirement.
Classrooms now are using laptops and downloading readers as their textbooks. The businesses of our society can drive us to instant gratification and invoke more stress. If you ask most children what they are missing in their life, they would probably say they would like to more family time.
I want more, I need more, I’ve got to have it and have it now. These are the principles that drive our families and our children. Smart devices can take the place of relationship building; decrease daily interaction within the family and sabotaging effective communication skills. Emojis (as cute as they are) can take the place of verbal expression and social media has become a place of courage, or lack thereof.
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that all these things are bad, but they could never replace what we have really been designed for and created to discover—our purpose in the world. Fully understanding your purpose brings out your creativity.
I am reminded of the words spoken by the Lord in Jeremiah 29:11, ”For I know the plans that I am planning concerning you, declares Yahweh, plans for prosperity and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.” During the time of Jeremiah’s prophecy, the people wanted safety, security, happiness and prosperity. In a state of despair and instability, they had lost hope for future peace.
In order for this and future generation of families to thrive and to become successful, we have to look at each member of our household and remember that:
1. Within us all lives a desire to be cultivated and developed. Your dreams, talents and abilities stimulate our economy and build our communities.
2 Understanding the purpose for which you were created helps you understand your essence of life. There is a drive within that only can be released by you. When you do not understand that purpose, or lack the desire to seek or cultivate that gift, it becomes just a thought with no action. You begin to complain and act out in frustration, fear, and anger.
3 Allow your passion to stimulate your vision that motivates your pursuit.
4 Build upon the passion of the dream within you by asking yourself what does it take to get what is in me to fruition.
5 Many times we give up because the journey may take work, life leaves us discouraged or we lack finances to see our dream through. No matter the excuse, you have to work through it and not give up. Many people lay their dreams down because of negative thoughts, negative circle of friends and lack of motivation.
The pursuit of happiness is not found in things. Those cannot completely satisfy and their pleasure lasts a short while. Lasting happiness and the success of the family is measured by who you are on the inside and what you value most. Character begins in our families and is the building block of every successful child as they grow into the man or woman they were created to be.