by Pastor Ellen
There is an old joke about what one junior firecracker said to another, "My pop is bigger than your pop!" And this claim often is made among young ones today. Maybe not in so many words, but the pride of having the best dad in the world is common.
Jesus tells us clearly in scripture that this adage is not to be the case: "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:37) We often put our focus on and pride in our families. Nothing comes before family. Everything is done for the good of the family. But when family becomes the idol of our lives rather than Jesus. It is a seductive and almost invisible truth.
But take heart! Jesus knows we all love our families and want the best for them. He will enable us to continue loving them yet transfer our first love to Him. How? One step at a time! We shift gears by first saying it; then confirming it with our families; and finally being able to demonstrate it, one situation at a time. It's not a natural thing to say and do. Yet with Jesus: God first, family next, and then church, will become a litany as natural as breathing and eating. Let's give our families to Jesus! He know best, just like Father knows best!
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Pastor Ellen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended local schools there: Turnbull Elementary, College Park Middle School, San Mateo High School, and Stanford University. She has two masters' degrees from Teachers College Columbia University and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
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