Breaking Bread For 5.25.20

Scripture

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 6:10-12

Reflection

God first, family second, and career third—in that order there is order. In that order, and only in that order, shall you have the foundation and map for a life as God intended. If you are too lazy to commit to God and family then you are too lazy to do the work God intended, and you don’t deserve the fruits of your labor in your career— that you can only receive through God’s will and grace.

The more successful in your life you become the more God is showing you that your home base is Him and your family. If you neglect them your blessings will become less obvious. It is rarely the case that a neglected career is the result of a deeply-connected spiritual and family bond. If your career is in the dumps or you never seem fulfilled, I can look to your spiritual and family life and see frayed connections. Your foundation is weak, broken, or nonexistent. So that shows in other areas of your life.

God has a way of showing you how to prioritize when times get bad and you don’t know what to do, since you have no true control. When times get rough you are to turn first to God and continue to lean on His love through your family. Together you and your family will rise from the valley in God’s guiding hand to the level He has chosen for you. But if you fail to humbly turn to God and lovingly bond with family, your path becomes more difficult to bear, and the unchartered territories you enter will become more complicated to navigate through because your compass is God— and your crew is your family. Without them, you just go around and around in circles. Like the ship lost at sea. Step outside of the foundational support, letting go of compass and crew, and watch as you’re consumed by darkness.

I don’t care how frustrated or upset you are (or get) with your family members nothing should prevent you from staying connected— for you are only as strong as your weakest link. Pray to God to touch and fill your heart, and the hearts of your loved ones that you might come together in His love and see past differences, work out disagreements, and connect your links as you climb up the mountaintop.

Now, let me be clear, for those of you with highly dysfunctional and negative families, or those without living family members. Your family, by extension, in these scenarios are those who would serve most as family members. Who would you turn to as a father, mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, or cousin? Who can you count on during life’s storms to help see you through? Who can you trust with your deepest and most sensitive secrets? Who do you celebrate good news and victories?

Then that is your family.

Embrace them. Celebrate them. Bond with them through moments of celebration, contemplation, frustration, and despair.

We fail God and ourselves when we turn outside of our foundation for shelter, love, pleasure, acknowledgment, and kudos. What you feel you’re not getting from God and family is the exact same thing you aren’t giving in return. Think about it!

Prayer

Father, I know that You love me, are always with me, always watching me and watching over me. I know that You hear my thoughts and know my intentions. You know my heart Lord. You know that I want to be the best ambassador and steward that I can be, and that when I don’t live righteously it pains me.

Father, I want to be surrounded by people who are filled with faith, patience, righteousness, love, and joy no matter what the situation, circumstance, day, or season. When I’m down I want to imitate those who are living the example as honorable stewards. I don’t want to be lazy and resistant. I don’t want to make excuses for not living right, doing right, and working hard each and every day. I don’t want to make excuses for not representing Your light even when darkness chases me and it’s easier to stop and be consumed.

I don’t want to make excuses for why I can’t give 100% effort in my personal and professional relationships. If I don’t have time every single day to show how much I love my family then I’m not doing Your work Lord.

I’m living through my interpretation of where my priorities should be— because after You Father comes my family, and then my career. If I can’t give myself to my family but yet I have it in me to give to strangers and those around me who I can trust only so much, or not at all— then my priorities are off and I need a reset. If I’m off course Father please reset me. Point me in the right direction.

Remind me when I’m investing more outside of my foundation than within. Remind me when I’m investing in people, places, and things that I shouldn’t. I don’t want to be lost. I don’t want to cheapen and disrespect my relationship with you. I don’t want to take for granted my family. I don’t want to weaken, destroy, and lose valuable relationships chasing the superficial, the past, the flesh, and the temporal. If something or someone does not bring added value to my relationship with You and family—not one or the other, but both—then let me see, so that I can walk away and refocus.

I know that the enemy will try to trick me into believing that something or someone is in my best interest, that it or they serve Your purpose, placed before me by You for me and my family’s gain. Or just my gain. Father, give me the discernment and clarity to see the truth, and know the trick for what it is and the goal it seeks to achieve. I ask to be freed of spiritual, mental, and physical bonds that would and are blocking my blessings.

Help me to do my part to properly invest in the two most important things to me, You and my family. In serving You I am blessed and fulfilled. In serving and protecting my family, they praise You, which blesses and fulfills me. My cup would always runs over. Always remind me of this. Humbly I say Thank You. Amen.

Love you all!

Natasha

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