As a refreshing weekend is coming upon us, it is time for fun and family. As we prepare to enjoy our family and friends, let's keep it positive and be a part of an inclusion party. Let us not divide and separate family and friends. Let's break these generational curses and damaging practices. People who enter our lives are there for the positivity of it all: love, peace, and harmony. No one wants to be left out or made to feel like garbage. So come on, invite and enjoy. Life is short. Forgive and forgive some more. I know some may say it is "forgive and forget," however, realistically, no one will forget the wrongs that have happened to them; we are human. We must thank God for not remembering the things "we" have done and said in our life. Let's forgive and move on.
Let's do things with decency and in order. Let's have class and be the bigger person; God is watching.
Parents, be kind to your in-laws, call, invite them, build a relationship. You have gained a son or daughter, not lost one. Set a good example. It is not all about you. It should be about family, and they are part of it.
Parents don't favor one child over the next (even if they are adults); invite them all. After all, they all are a product of your rearing and part of you.
Parents allow the children to see their grandparents. Spending the holidays with them will create memories and allow them to bond. (No one is trying to keep the children forever, grandparents are older, and most have bad nerves, lol).
Aunt/ Uncles, invite your nieces and nephews; even if they have their events going on, the invitation alone is priceless. Invitations go for the nieces and nephews as well. Call your aunt and uncles, invite them.
Husband and wife, do things together, stop separating everything. What in the world did you get married for if you are constantly apart. You are one, don't allow anyone to come in between that, not even your selfish ways.
Grandparents, invite all of the grandchildren, stop the favoritism. Your relationship with your grandchildren should have nothing to do with who their parents are. Build your bond, show them love and wisdom.
Cousins, remember your first friends were your other cousins; call or invite them. No amount of time nor distance can break this bond. Stop taking on your parents' issues with the family.
Friends enjoy yourself and be honored if someone invited you to be with their family. It means you are like family too. Mess and stress have no place here.
All of this bickering, separation, division, being honorary and prideful is of the devil. God is about peace, love, and unity. We should be about gaining, loving, harmony, and not losing or division.
Remember, it is about gaining and not losing.
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.