Family Focus: Family Blog Post # 14 Moving Forward
Ah, the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, the big dinner now weighing on our bodies, and we are back to normal living. My hope is that some of you made some attempts at resolving long-standing conflicts with family members… and that some of the attempts were successful. For those of you who did not, I encourage you to call or email one of your family members and tell them that seeing them over the holidays was a bit awkward in light for your conflict… and then invite them to meet and try to put the conflict behind you… for yours and the family’s sake.
You might get rejected… be ready for that. The Apostle said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:18) He knew that it is not up to you alone; it takes two to make peace. Do what is possible on your end. Even if it does not work this time, it may plant a seed for next time. At the very least there are three positives that come: 1) you know that you have tried… you did what you could from your end, 2) you demonstrated that you care for them, that they are valuable to you, and 3) you have done the right and honorable thing.
Of course, my hope is that it resolves the issues. If you need some personal assistance, I am available.
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