DAY 3: FAMILY

 
 

After breaking a sweat (OolaFitness) and up-ing your money game (OolaFinance), you have now hit Day 3 of the #OolaForChristians Challenge. We want to encourage you to trust the process and stay the course. Today our focus will be on the 3rd F of Oola: Family.

 
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Day 3 - The thing with family is that just like each one of us, every family dynamic is different and unique. As we were writing the Oola for Christians book, we recognized that even though Jesus was perfect, his family life wasn’t. It is important to realize that you cannot control your spouse, kids and or relatives. In a family, everyone has their own opinions, roles and personalities. What you do have control of is YOU. Yes, you have the power to control you! And this power in return will effect those around you. A better you, makes a better family. So how will you use this power?

Your challenge for today is to ask yourself, “Am I loving my family well?” And then take action on your answer.

This challenge is not about making sure the laundry is done and the beds are made.  Whether you are a daughter/son, mother/father, aunt/uncle, brother or sister you are valuable. Regardless of how your family interacts, you can be the best version of yourself when you take care of yourself and love others well. Not just going through the motions in your role but really acknowledging the influence you have whether you see it or not.

Secondly, take action. Where can you be more unconditionally loving, patient, and respectful?  Yes, families know how to push buttons, hey they are the ones who installed them but when you are loving well you can’t go wrong. Who needs a hug, a phone call, a text of encouragement or an apology from a mistake you made or words you said last night, last week, last month or last year? Don’t just think about it, do it right now.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8

Prayer

God, today I come before you and say thank you for letting me be a part of your family. I know I am not always perfect and I make mistakes. Thank you for not giving up on me.  Please help me to learn from you and to love my family well. Today, any issues I have with my family I give them to you. Help me to see them as you see them. I know I was designed by you for greatness and a purpose, so help me to fulfill my purpose within my family by loving them as you have loved me.

Amen