The next most important relationship you need to maintain, after your relationship with God, is your relationship with your family.
Family can be Nuclear or Extended. Both are important, but you must tend your Nuclear family very well. A nuclear family is made up of father, mother and children, while extended family covers all other relations.
Your family is your first back up when things go wrong. They are your pillars. You must take time and care to cultivate your relationship with your family. ‘The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.’ – Lee Iacocca. When everybody deserts you, the only people that will be left are your family members. This means you also have to be there for your family members during thick and thin. Be committed to them.
Sometimes you may have difficult family members, and dealing with them may be stressful, but you need them just like they need you. So you need patience, wisdom and a lot of tolerance to manage such difficult ones. Honor your parents and take care of them. Love and respect your spouse. Don’t give them any reason to doubt your commitment to them. Friends may leave when the going gets tough, but it is not easy for family to leave. Blood is thicker than water, as the saying goes.
Nothing hurts more than being deserted by family members when one is experiencing difficulties. It means you also must watch the seeds you are sowing, because it will surely come back to you. Cherish your family and they will always be there for you.
God bless us all.