The Gift of Priority
The first gift you can give your family is the gift of priority. God found the home to be of such value that it was the first institution he created. Adam and Eve were the first husband and wife. Before any church or any career, there was family. Jesus also performed his very first miracle at a wedding. I'd say God places a high value on the home. I Timothy 3:1-5 is talking to those that aspire to serve in the church in leadership. It caught my attention because of the emphasis on the home. It says if you want to serve outside of the home in a position of leadership, make sure you don’t lose the focus of your home. They are your priority. They are valuable. Our loved ones need to know that they are the most important thing to us. The way we show them is by choosing them above career, ministry and hobbies. When we say no to those things because we already had an event with our family we are sending our family a strong message that they are a priority. This Christmas, commit to place those boulders that consist of family events on your 2014 calendar that cannot be moved. Give your family the gift of priority. They will notice.
The Gift of Honor
Another priceless gift is the gift of honor. Honor defined is to hold in high esteem; respect. When we honor, we are protecting and nurturing our connections with each other. Our goal in giving this gift away is to maintain a connection with our loved ones, not dominate them. So what does that look like? Basically, there is no mistake, no accident, no tantrum, no disobedience, no sin that stops me from connecting heart to heart with them. The gift of honor allows you to use kind, loving words to protect your heart to heart connection!