At Family Talk our theme this month is On the Front Lines. It has a lot to do with issues involving military families and what they go through as they protect our nation and the principles on which it was founded. As I hear these stories I am blown away at the commitment and sacrifice of our soldiers (both male and female) and their families. But as I have been reflecting on this theme, I have been struck by the ways so many families are on their own "front lines." The words that have echoed in my head are "being on the front lines is the price you pay for doing what is right."
Many, many families I know suffer because they do the right thing. We are bombarded every day with stories of people who suffered because they or someone in their family did a wrong thing. There are addictions, and affairs, abuse, and negligence. And those are terrible things. But there are a lot of families that suffer "for righteousness sake." Where are those stories in the popular media? Mostly they get tacked on to the end of a newscast or they end up as a footnote on some website. I wish those families that do the next right thing, time after time, got more attention.
Those of you who have followed this blog know that our little family has been on the front lines with Joanne's stroke. I won't go into details here because you already know them and there are almost too many challenges/sacrifices to list when you add kids and extended family into the mix. Everyone in our family in on the front lines--trying to do the right thing and paying a price for it.
Add as a matter of fact, as I look at other friends and family I realize that everyone I know is on some sort of front line or has recently been there. What the heck!?
The thing that is a real kick in the gut is that I can remember times when our family wasn't on the front line. I can remember times of relative peace and prosperity. And I didn't appreciate them! How foolish of me, how short sighted to not celebrate those times. I took them for granted. I feel like an idiot that I didn't revel in the blessing we were experiencing.
Anyhow, I would be interested to know who else feels like they are on the front lines. And if you are not, please, do me a favor and CELEBRATE! It's right and appropriate to revel in God's goodness!