This Is Us | Bringing Out the Best in Your Family

How would you describe your family? Whatever you might say, it’s likely your description would be unique to most of the people you know. American families are increasingly diverse. The dictionary says that “family” means “a group of parents and children living together in a household.”  That may not even be what describes your family. But whatever your “This is Us” looks like, God loves you and has a great word for how life can get better and better.

We all want the best for the people we love. But sometimes we minimize the chances for the best because we focus on the worst. Bringing out the best in your family depends in large degree on your focus, on what gets your attention.

  1. Accept their uniqueness.
  2. Affirm their value.
  3. Trust them with responsibility.
  4. Correct without condemnation.
  5. Love them unconditionally.
  6. Encourage them to risk.

Message Notes

  • We all want the best for the people we love. But sometimes we minimize the chances for the best because we focus on the worst. Bringing out the best in your family depends in large degree on your focus, what gets your attention.
  • Accept their uniqueness.
    • There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. I Corinthians 13:4-6
  • Affirm their value.
    • Encourage each other and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11
    • Take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10
  • Trust them with responsibility.
    • If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities…And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? Luke 16:10,12
  • Correct without condemnation.
    • He disciplines those he loves. Hebrews10:6
    • Do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. Ephesians 4:26
  • Love them unconditionally.
    • Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
  • Encourage them to risk.
    • Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you.” I Chronicles 28:20
  • The key to becoming a great parent is to become a Godly person.

Action Step

Describe the strengths of each of your children,. Find a creative and loving way to share those insights with them.