A Question of Balance

Home is not where you live but where they understand you. 

      ~  Christian Morgenstern

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
   ~ Romans 12:3
It is so easy to think more highly of oneself than one might, or should, and it is also easy to think of oneself as not good enough.  That is where the home quote comes in.  Family is not always the ones you were born into, but also the ones you choose.  
I was very blessed to be born into the family that I was born into.  My father came from a rough hewn family,  a family that stayed in the pattern that had been laid out by my Grandfather and Grandmother.  My dad made choices about the kind of man he would become.  He was very different than his family,  he married someone who was gentle, faithful and kind, and he strove to show us love, and live the example, not just talk about it.  But some families are very different.  
They do nothing to build up the other members, and get lost in competition, one-upsmanship, living in the past, trying to insure that no one of their family sees any chance of breaking out, finding out what they are worth, shining. They use other members of the family to serve themselves and their purposes.  My dad moved away from his family, and chose friends that became family.  This is not to say he stopped loving his own, but he added people to our family that were positive, healthy, active community members.  Folks that understood him, and us.
The family you are born into teaches you who you are, where you come from, and the family you choose helps you to balance that vision.  The church family helps you to see who you are in Christ, helps you to hear the words of Jesus, bind your wounds, speak words of encouragement, help you grow.  The combination is what gives one a full picture of who they are, where they are headed, why they can stand on  Jeremiah 29:11
      For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
It is in the balance that we find ourselves, on the hem of His garment, moving forward.
Today, be thankful for all that you are, and rejoice for all you are in God.
Because of Him,



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