Dec 12 2010

Advice - Be patient with your (annoying) relatives.

From Matthew West’s book Give This Christmas Away


Everybody’s got ‘em.  I’m sure if I asked you, you could quickly rattle off the name of a relative who tends to outstay his or her welcome over the holidays.  The movie Elf nails one of the classic depictions of dysfunctional family visits during the holidays.  The main character, Buddy, was raised as an elf at the North Pole—a six-foot-tall elf dressed in green with bright yellow tights.  He is searching for his real family in New York City, and when he finds them, well, let’s just say that the family isn’t quite as thrilled as he is.  Buddy has nothing but love for his new family, and he means well.  So do your relatives. 


Go out of your way to show love to a particular relative whom you have a hard time getting along with.  Chances are, they will respond in a positive way.  And pray for an extra dose of patience when dealing with our family this Christmas.  Just hope they don’t show up at your house in yellow tights.


Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Ephesians 4:2


Comments (3) -

12/12/2009 6:31:16 AM
Lorrina Gandy United States
Lorrina Gandy
I was always told by my pastor not to pray for patience, buy to pray for grace in a situation instead. When you pray for patience, your patience is pushed to the max. When you pray for grace, things are handled gracefully, and much less stress and anguish as a result!

12/14/2009 9:03:32 AM
Jamie Johnson United States
Jamie Johnson
Just remember not everyone has family out there. No matter how annoying they are or even embaressed they get they are your family.
12/16/2010 2:12:11 PM
Joyce O. United States
Joyce O.
Just would like for you to know I love listing to ya"ll in the morning on the way to work. I have ask for prays for my son that was over sea fighting in Afghanistan and is know home. Thanks you so much. But also I just found out to keep my job I would have to take a cut in pay. My family was bearley making ends meet before. Know it will be even hard. But I always tell myself have faith God is with you every step of the way.  
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