“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.”
- Charles R. Swindoll
Quote of the Day.
Today’s quote by Chuck Swindoll explains that a family is not just a collection of people we hang out with. There are certain duties that the institution of family is responsible for, and this includes building, presenting and passing along principles to the next generation.
It should not come as a surprise that building a family takes effort – physical, mental, and emotional effort. Passing on principles to our family requires all 3:
- We need to know what our own principles are (mental effort).
- We need to live those principles – exemplify them – for those around us (physical effort).
- We need to discipline ourselves against failures of principle in our own lives, and cope with failures of principle within ourselves and others (emotional effort).
If that wasn’t enough, consider that the job of building principles is never complete, and is always taking place! Every moment you spend with family is a moment where you are instilling principles, and every moment you are away from family you are living a life that should exemplify those principles for them to follow.
Our comfort is knowing that the fruit of our labors will have an affect during our own generation, and the next!
About Charles R. Swindoll: Charles Swindoll is a pastor and author who has written numerous books and founded Insight for Living ministries, which airs a Christian radio ministry worldwide.