One of my favorite books is by Pete Gall and is entitled “My Beautiful Idol.” Honestly it is not the best written book I have ever read. It is not the most interesting or the most insightful. It is full of humor I enjoy that is often dripping with sarcasm. The book basically tells the story of a man’s life as he struggles in relationships and his attempts to serve God in a fallen world. His journey takes him out to Colorado where it eventually comes to an end.

What catches my attention most is the final few chapters. After all has fallen apart in his life his brother drives across country and helps him load everything up to return home. He makes the observation that after everything else has fallen apart it is family who is there to you him get back up.

I am at my parents for a couple of days so that they can see their grandchildren. With almost every visit I am reminded of the simple truth about families. A good family is one that is there when the rest of the world is chaos.

So today I thank God for my family – my father and mother, my wife and kids, my brother and sister and all of the extended family. I enjoy my time with them and I realize I am a blessed man. If you have a wonderful family (and I know that not everyone does) then take a moment to thank God for them. I cannot imagine where my life would be without them.

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  1. It sounds like a book maybe I should read. I am so glad you have a great family. Both immediate and extended. I too thank God for my family and I pray that one day, in his timing not mine, God will be their SAVIOUR and they can see theat my God has made me who he wants me to be. And that they will see the beautiful, loving, caring,forgiving and giving person that GOD has designed me to be.
    I know I am a people pleaser and haver a deep longing in my heart to be loved, accepted, appreciated and a person who needs my family to respect me…..sometimes I feel like that is how Jesus must of felt when he went back to his home town…..I know all of the above are feelings I need to learn to control instead of them letting them control me.

    Your sermon yesterday showed me I am definitely on the wrong path.
    I want to learn to eat to live instead of living to eat.
    I need to Love my Jesus with ALL OFF MY HEART… No matter what anyone else thinks of me.
    I need to learn to not let what others say to me make me feel inferior or belittle me anymore.
    I long to remember that MY GOD loves me even when I feel used and manipulated by others.
    I need to remembere I am forgiven for all of my sins through the blood of Jesus. ( just by asking for forgiveness and accepting that gift that God has freely given.

    I cannot begin to tell you how much peace your blogs last week followed by your sermon yesterday has brought to my soul. My Decision,direction and destination has made me have to make some big adjustments in the last 24 hours. Reaching out to my church family for support is one of the hardest things I have ever done, and not having one person try to make me feel inferior or like I was a failure has started a new fire in my heart. I shared some things that have been bottled up inside my for the last 8 years. Believing, my son and daughter in Law have been through so much I couldn’t say or do anything to make their road more difficult. So I bottled up everything inside and didn’t realize how broken my heart really was.
    ” I believe that the truth really does set you free….
    I am not sure where this road is going to take me but I am sure God has a plan for me to prosper and do good. And he will reward me for being his good and faithful servant. Because I serve a loving GOD….
    Enjoy your family, have a safe trip home with no detours, and I will be praying for you all of the way.
    God Bless,
    Debbie hill

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