In a society where the term family has become so dysfunctional, how can we be history changers for our next generation. How can we swim against the waves of fatherless homes and divorced marriages?
Here are 5 ultimate keys for building a Godly Family and lasting legacy:
1. We must set GOALS for what we hope to accomplish as a family
Setting goals shouldn't happen when you become a spouse or parent. It should begins long before as a single person without the responsibilities of marriage or child. Les Brown, one of the world's most revered motivational speakers, once said that it is better to be prepared for an opportunity than to have an opportunity we were not prepared for.
2. We must PLAN our path for achieving our goals.
A house can't be built without a blueprint and any successful business must have a clearly detailed business plan. It's said that we often fail to achieve our goals because we had no clear plan for how we were going to achieve them. So don't wait, as the adversary is battling us for control of our family.
Proverbs 13: 20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
3. We cannot build a Godly Family without LOVE
The foundation of any great relationship is love. With true love, we put our own interests aside and we focus the best interests of others (our spouse and children).
Matthew 22:37-40 reminds us that:
Jesus replied:“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
4. Controlling and managing AUTHORITY and CONTROL
Too often in today's families, we see kids defying their parents and showing no signs of obedience. In large part, I truly believe that this has much to do with the changes in our home dynamic over the past couple generations. Men are no longer the priests of their homes and more than a 1/3 of homes exist without a father today.
5. Exercising the discipline of CONSISTENCY
A quote that I live by daily is that ‘slow and steady wins the race'. We must consistently set goals for our family, implement plans to achieve them, love our spouses and children and exercise the control to keep our eye on our objectives.
If more families become consistent in their prayer life, consistent in spending time with their spouses and children, consistent in seeking God's purpose and will, I believe that we will change the path of history for our next generation. Join me in sharing these principles with others today.