Before we get to the post, let me say thanks for being patient with me as I took a sabbatical from blogging throughout November. I’m back and plan to be bringing your springboard as planned from now on (until my next overwhelmed schedule). Now on to today’s family springboard.
Relationships are tough. Sadly, we often take the easy way out when relationships get hard and try to medicate our struggles with money. Maybe we hoard it. Maybe we spend it. Maybe we just fixate on stuff.
Check out the Skit Guys video that really highlights the point and demonstrates the absurdity of it all. Deep down inside we know it won’t help. Sometimes we just need to see how ridiculous we can be to get some sense slapped into us.
I think Black Friday may actually be the biggest shopping day of the year because a whole bunch of people are needing to medicate all their raw struggles and hurts from a day spent with their family. Maybe it’s just the good deals. Or maybe its a convergence of the two.
When struggles come in your marriage or your family, don’t medicate with money. Cast your anxieties on God (Philippians 4:6-7). Then go to the family member and get honest. Deal with the feelings. Yes, be gentle, humble, loving, and tender-hearted (Ephesians 4:32), but deal with it. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better as you connect to your loved ones than you ever will if you disconnect and buy something.
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving last week and that it drew you closer to your family and God. If not, don’t make it worse by hoarding or spending. Go to your family and work on the relationship.