Family at its Best…Tell Better Stories

Week #5: Better Stories
Key Points:
-Conflict continues because brokenness is inherited.
-We measure life by what (we think) meets our need and calms our fear.
-My Legacy is my story, passed on, of how “we” measure life.
BIG IDEA: Family at its best passes on better stories!
-Measure life not by what I add but by what we prioritize
-Measure life not by what I endure but by how we forgive.
-Measure life not by what I control but who we serve.
Further Conversation
1. Who are some people you admire? Why? What is it you value?
2. Read Luke 12:13-21 How do you think the “rich man” and the person questioning Jesus measure life? What might they fear?
3. What legacy did I receive about how “we” meet our needs and calm our fears? How has this added to my own brokenness?
4. Read Luke 12:29-31 How could our need & fear be influenced by our priorities? How is Jesus suggesting we measure life?
5. Read Mark 11:25 How does forgiveness move us from being a victim to a survivor? How does being a victim hold us back?
6. Read Joshua 24:15b How is my desire for control really about serving myself? Why does who I serve matter?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. Its not how a story begins, but how it ends. What do you want your story to be? How can you begin to create that story this week?
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
Monday – John 10:7-10
What makes your life satisfying? Its an important question to consider. We place great value and put in great effort to find satisfaction and security. Or to state it another way, we measure life by what we think will meet our need and calm our fear. Jesus makes a bold proclamation in verse 10. He says that a rich & satisfying (abundant in some translations) is only found in him. This means that everything else will eventually leave us lacking. Everything else will eventually cause us worry. But not Jesus. Jesus will richly satisfy. How did you try to meet your needs and calm your fears yesterday? How can you trust Jesus today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, only you can satisfy the longing within my heart and soul. Help me trust and rely fully on you today!
Tuesday – Exodus 20:4-6
Brokenness is often inherited. Many of us know the pain of generational brokenness…be it a family history of addictions, anger, abuse, poverty, etc. This commandment warns us about how sin & brokenness carries forward into the next several generations. But the passage also shares hope. If we choose a different path forward (no matter the legacy we received), we can change the trajectory for a thousand generations. Its not how our story begins but how it ends. What brokenness did you inherit? How can you worship only God and write a better family story?
Pray: Loving LORD, you promise unfailing love to those who seek, serve, and worship only you. Help that be my family story!
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 15:20-34
“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Many live life by this motto. They only seek to satisfy their base needs. Maybe their right. The Apostle Paul challenges us that if Jesus did not raise from the dead, if there is no hope of resurrection for us, then what does any of it matter. Martyrs for the faith who died confessing Jesus died pointless lives. But if its true…If Jesus rose from the dead as the first of many…then our lives do matter for eternity. Do you live your life for eternity or only for today? Are you seeking to satisfy base needs or eternal your ones? How?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, because you rose from the dead, I can.. with you. May my focus always be eternal!
Thursday – Psalm 39:6-7
We live in a culture that hides death. Many of us never witness our food paying the price for our hunger. We only buy neatly packaged remains. I know that sounds morbid…but have you ever considered the consequences of what we don’t see. Would it change our attitude towards eating? We hide death in funeral homes. Families used to care for their own dead and host funerals in their homes. Ironically, hiding death actually causes us to devalue life. We don’t consider how short, how violent, how delicate life really is. But death causes us to seek hope. It challenges us to value life. The Psalmist reminds us that our only hope is in the LORD. How do you value life? Where is your hope?
Pray: Almighty God, when I remember how fleeting life is I am reminded of how desperate I am for you. You are my only hope!
Friday – Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is the gift of freedom you give yourself. When I hold onto my hurt, I become a prisoner to its pain. Bitterness and anger begin to eat at my heart. By extending forgiveness, I free myself from the hurt and can finally move onto healing. In much the same way, we can’t open ourselves to receive God’s forgiveness until we extend forgiveness to others. Holding our hurt closes our hands from receiving healing and love. That is why bitterness and anger grow. They find fertile soil in clinched fists. Who do you need to forgive? What hurt do you need to free yourself from? How can you begin to heal and be forgiven?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me let go of my hurt and forgive others. I need to find freedom, healing, and forgiveness!
Saturday – Joshua 24:14-15
We all worship something. We all serve someone. In ancient times many worshiped idols and served lessor gods. Today, many worship freedom and individual achievement. We serve ourselves. Joshua challenged his people to be honest and acknowledge what the truly worship…what really matters to them. Can we do the same? Can we spend time in honest and deep consideration towhead matters most to us? What might we see? Maybe we need to recommit today that we will serve the LORD.
Pray: LORD Jesus, help me be honest with myself and you. I commit that “as for me and my family…we will serve the LORD.”