Let’s be honest, here – family can be a pain, can’t they? (The answer is yes, yes they can.)
But if we’re still being honest…it doesn’t always matter, does it? We still love them. And if serving is how we show love, then that means to we need to be serving our family, too. So how do we do that?
Start Off Right
This one is simple enough. Make sure you’re starting off each day right – read your Bible, spend time in prayer, and prepare your heart for the day. If you have the right attitude going in to the day, then your encounters with family will be a lot more joyful.
Take a Break from Media
I’m not even going to explain this one. I mean, seriously…how hard is it to put down your device and spend ACTUAL time with your family? (Hint: not that hard.) Give them your attention.
Spend Time Alone
Sometimes the best way you can serve your family, is by taking time for yourself. It’s not going to do them any good if you’re stressed out or exhausted. Take a nap. Talk to God. Press the “refresh” button. (If you’re an introvert, you’ll have no problem doing this.)
Get Over Yourself
Stop. Being. So. Selfish. News flash: life is not about you. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to put your family’s needs before your own.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV)
Honor Your Parents
Honoring them honors God and is one of the greatest ways you can serve them.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NIV)
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”
(Proverbs 1:8 NIV)
Simply put, to love is to serve.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV)
Be Like Christ
And finally, the greatest way you could possibly serve your family is by being like Christ.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)