17 February 2018

Family Matters

The picnic was finished; the older members of the family enjoyed the shade as the children played on the grass. There was a general buzz of contentment and pleasure at sharing this moment together… Is this a picture of family life that you recognise? It certainly can be a realistic snapshot of special moments for many. However, for some the term ‘family’ evokes a very different picture. Rather than experiencing a buzz of contentment, it is a buzz of underlying frisson and irritation that prevails at the family get-together. Often individual’s in families clash and arguments abound.

Families can either bring us to the extremes of joy and contentment or the extremes of pain and frustration. We tend to relate with our parents, brothers, sisters, children, aunts and cousins, in a pattern that has existed for years. Often this way of relating is satisfying but at times it can bring pain. The good news is that we do not have to continue with unhealthy patterns. We can bring about change. It is not always easy, but it is possible. Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians that we can be transformed into the likeness of Christ. We all can be transformed. We personally know this to be true because we have witnessed change in our own lives and in the lives of people we know. We are not saying we are perfect. We have and do make mistakes but we believe that we can learn through these mistakes and bring about change.

We will use our experiences from our family and the lessons we have learned from our work lives to explore and expound on the principles of family life from a Biblical perspective. We hope that you find the column interesting, entertaining and useful. Ultimately we pray that you and your family are drawn closer together and enjoy each other in a way reflective of God’s love for us!

Chris and Susan Cordner