Sunday, January 25, 2009

FAMILY-KEEPING THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING!


To state that the new President of America- Barack Obama is a true family man will be stating the obvious as the entire world has come to see that he adores his wife of over sixteen years, Mitchelle and their two lovely daughters-Malia Ann and Natasha(Sasha).
According to the Associated Press, a written prayer the President left in Judaism's holiest site in July 2008 while he was still a presendential hopeful was published by a newspaper in Isreal, after it had been removed by a student of a Jewish seminary. The prayer to God read thus:
"Lord – Protect my family and me," "Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."

From the above you will truly see that he is a family man and his wife has pointed out too during the course of their campaign that the welfare of their two daughters was top priority for her and her husband. In his victory speech after he won the election on November 4 2008, he also said this about his wife, daughters and other members of his family:


"And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next First Lady: Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House. And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother's watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and I know that my debt to them is beyond measure. To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters -- thank you so much for the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them"

The role of the family in Nation building can not be over emphasized thats why Mitchelle Obama has said her first and primary job will be mum-in-chief as her daughters are her top priority. With all this, most mothers have started re-evaluating their priorities and trying honestly to balance work and family!

The family from time, was God's idea right from the beginning of Creation, that was why he created the man,Adam, made the woman Eve from a rib from Adam's side and gave her to him. In Genesis 1:26 - 28, It said God created man in his own image and created them male and female and blessed them, telling them to be fruitful,multiple and replenish the earth...
From the above, you can see that the family is very important to God and is a unit of our life that must be kept and preserved.

These days a lot has happened that has made the family a mockery of what God intended but i believe God is rebuilding the family unit again and setting up real life examples of what he expects the family to be.

I am a firm believer of the family being a top most priority and i strongly believe that a husband and wife, male and female must contribute their quota in making the family work and function as it should, with love and mutual respect from the parent's end and love with obedience on the part of the children.

It is said that a wise son is the father's child while the foolish child is that of the mother! if the truth be told, wise or foolish, they are the children of both parents and so all must be done to make sure that the right values are taught the children as even the bible agrees that when a child is well trained in the way he/she should go, when he/she is grown, they will not depart from it!It takes a lot of hardwork to train up children according to God's standard, that is bringing them up in his love and fear but His grace is always there to see us through!


Children are to be taught and loved by their parents and not left to their own devices or other people to train, as seen in our society, where because of economic circumstances, mothers and fathers have left the training of their children to house helps, and most of these children have ended up exhibiting character traits that can not be traced to their parents and most of these children have turned out to be problematic to their parents and the society. So there is a cry for mothers to take the roles of being mothers again to sit up and care personally for their little ones with the needed help from their spouses.

For us to have a next generation of God fearing children that must fulfill their destinies, then we must arise as parents and live up to the name of being role models in words and indeed to them....Children are truly a heritage of the Lord and we must pass over the right values to them! May God help us all to be good caretakers of the children He has blessed us with in Jesus name amen!

NOTE- This is the first part of this series on the family, stay with me as we walk through the series and get a clear direction of what is expected from each of us in the family. i Await your comments and contributions!
I have had this topic in mind for some time now, and every where i turn to, its the message of restoring the family. My church in Lagos- Daystar Christian center had the message of Family/Character preached today 25th January by the two senior pastors, Rev Sam and Nike Adeyemi as i was typing this post! I believe God is saying something.... let those who have ears take heed!

3 comments:

campusxcellencemag said...

Yeah, Family is the main thing,the main thing. i often tell people that each family is a microcosm of the larger society, if it is well with families as units, then the society is on its way to doing exploits. keep it up. God bless!

empower yourself said...

I am impressed by Obamas obvious commitment to his family. Thats one more reason to be proud of him.

Amen said...

We really need to focus on the family. For most people the problem is finding "balance".