Will Having a Perfect Family Make You Happy?

I've been blessed to be part of a weekly book study this summer, reading James MacDonald'sLord, Change My Attitude (Before It's Too Late). Pastor MacDonald shows us how our attitudes can place us in the dry wilderness, and how we can replace them with Biblical truths.

I needed this. I've just plain had a stinky attitude about many things this past year, so when a friend of mine told me she'd be leading the study in her home, I begged to be a part of it. If she'd said no, I probably would have had a bad attitude :D

Sometimes, we homeschooling parents can be so devoted to the raising of our families that we replace our focus on Jesus with a focus on family. Like Pastor MacDonald, I too am grateful for ministries like Focus on the Family (my mom was listening in on FOTF broadcasts when I was a pre-teen) and Family Life Today (I ♥ Family Life Today. Have I ever told you that?). But, our happiness is never, never, never, never wrapped up in a Christian family.

Godliness + Contentment = Great Gain. (I Timothy 6:6)

Godliness + A Christian Family DOES NOT.

"...you will never have a perfect family. At least one of your kids will make sure of that, or you will mess it up in some way yourself. Please don't put all your happiness eggs in the perfect family basket. Yes! Let's obey God's Word. Yes! Let's do all we can to help our families mature in the things of God. But let's not set ourselves up for a lot of hurt and heartache in the future by thinking, 'If I could just have the perfect Christian home, then that would be all I would ever need.'

No. No. No. Godliness plus family harmony does not equal great gain."