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No Mundane Stuff Allowed! (06.10.05--Family--Song. 4:1-7)

It has been said that one of the major problems with families is that they start out wrong from the start. From the moment the marriage license is signed spouses are inclined to view the privilege as more of a hunting license than a marriage license; a time to carefully lie in wait, looking for a partner’s faults and then springing into action, tracking down the game and pouncing when the moment is just right. “You know? There’s something you do that . . . ” (or) “Sweetheart? You know how you always tell me to be honest. Well, there’s just something I want to get off my chest and I’ve been meaning to tell you for a long time . . .”

While there’s nothing wrong with well-meaning, well-timed and loving criticism, marriage and the family are one place where love rather than criticism ought always to reign supreme. Odd isn’t it that when a stranger or a guest is in our home we treat them with such love and respect. “Oh, don’t worry about that spill on the carpet. I do it all the time. Just relax.” Yet, when a spouse or a child is behind the spill, our response might be quite different. “You always . . . Look what you’ve . . . You’ll never learn . . .!” Why is it that we are so quick to treat the most important people in our lives with such little honor?

While it isn’t always possible to consider our spouse and children, our parents and siblings, with such respect; since what is mundane and usual (as families and spouses often become) is difficult to continually hold in high regard. Perhaps a good rule to keep in mind when dealing with family is this: “No mundane stuff allowed in this house!” That means no dream, no aspiration, no longing, no appetite, nothing that happens in the home is mundane. Everything is special. Every dream is possible and every hope has fulfillment.

When a parent or a child commands a soapbox, we listen as we would our best friend who had just stopped over for coffee. When a loved one asks “What if?” we respond with a smile and a “Could be!” If anything drops, whether an attitude or a car key, we are quick to pick it up. If something breaks, whether emotion or china, the “mess” becomes an opportunity not a bother. Nothing is mundane; everything that happens, good or bad, is special because of the people who live here.

Homes are not a place for fault-finding, but love-finding. God has given each of us a wonderful opportunity to love others as Christ loved––passionately, unconditionally and consistently, even when those we love are people that we see every day. There is nothing mundane about Christ-like love; there ought be nothing mundane about ours.

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