No Ordinary Family – our new sermon series began this past weekend with 6 Wise Gifts to Your Family. So, what is an ordinary family? What makes a family a “no ordinary family” aka an extraordinary one? What’s the measure or standard by which you figure out if your family is ordinary or extraordinary? What does this say about me as a parent? What does it say about me? What if I didn’t come from a no ordinary family but an ordinary one? Even more troubling would be coming from a “bad” family. Or realizing I am being a “bad parent.” What if my family is falling apart or already broken? What if we are just living by the skin of our teeth? What if hope is rapidly fading or gone? With all this, how can we be a no ordinary family? Answers, answers, where are the answers!
God has a way of answering in an infinite variety of ways. Some are miraculous, some mundane, always in His Word, and sometimes in unexpected places. For those of us who feel we are not “a no ordinary” family or parent, certainly not extraordinary, perhaps broken or beyond recovery in our mind, the answer begins here. Our new favorite TV show for Judy and me, is This Is Us. In a very special scene in episode 2, Kevin calls his brother, Randall, who is living on the East Coast, from a “Hollywood” party in the hills over-looking Los Angeles needing advice and connection. If you have been watching this show you know Kevin and Randall have had a very a difficult and hard relationship all of their lives. In this intimate and unguarded conversation, Kevin says to Randall, “I was not a very good brother to you, was I? Randall replies, “No you weren’t. But you still got time.” In this simple phrase, “you still have time,” is the start of having a no ordinary family, even if that family is currently broken. As long as you are not dead and buried, you still have time to connect, make memories, do extraordinary things and maybe even live the ordinary but with goodness and joy. The “how” will come only if you take the first step, choosing to do it differently because you still have time.
And this is the reality of moving forward because you still have time – you cannot do it alone. Changing family, a life time of relationship, habits of behavior, repairing brokenness are difficult matters of life and I believe impossible on your own. We all need encouragement, different ideas on “how,” support, more encouragement, and accountability. At GateWay we have a number of ways to engage one another, connect, find support and accountability and gain ideas to try out. One place to have this community is through our Connect Small Groups where sermon meets life application.
As challenging, difficult or hopeless as your situation may be, there is still time. We have our own “Big Three” – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Together, God says, we got this! Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
I still have time. Shaloam