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When I was a kid I thought that the family on Full House was just perfect! Danny Tanner, or Uncle Jessie, someone always came in at just the right time to offer that perfect word of advice or encouragement to the girls. And the show always ended with them having a group hug because everything was going to be okay.

But even the family on Full House wasn't perfect.
The reason their mom wasn't around was that she had been killed in a car accident years earlier.

Growing up without a mom isn't perfect, but they made it work.

Every Christmas we receive almost a hundred Christmas cards of people and their families all smiling and looking so happy together. But I know better than that: I've been on those photo outings with my wife and kids.

"Hurry up. Get over here. Hug your sister. Smile. Smile bigger. Not THAT big. Stop crying. Did you seriously just wet your pants?"

And then you have the picture. It's a snapshot of that moment in time where everyone is actually looking and smiling in the same direction. That's the one that gets posted on Facebook.

These family photos appear like we're all so happy - and some families really do get along well with each other. But there are no perfect families.

You might know what I'm talking about. There's some level of dysfunction in all of our families.
So I want to highlight one verse of Scripture that, if we apply it, can go a long way toward taking away some of the dysfunction in your family.

Here it is:
"Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do" (Ephesians 6:1 NLT).

This one verse can help your family, no matter how good or not-so-good it is.
Obey your parents.

Why?
He gives 2 reasons.

First, because you belong to the Lord.
This isn't the first reason that I would've thought of, but there it is.

What does belonging to the Lord have to do with obeying my parents?
Well I wasn't exactly sure the answer to that question until I poked around in the Bible a little and came across a verse in Romans 1: "[These people] are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents" (v. 30 NLT).

Disobeying parents is lumped in with backstabbers and God-haters. Wow!

It's like there's a connection between disobeying your parents now, and then growing up to become an enemy of God. It's an authority issue: if you can't even do what your parents tell you to do, then there's no way you're going to do what God tells you to do.

And when you don't obey God, then you bring shame to his reputation. So, for God's sake (literally), because you belong to (and represent) Jesus, obey your parents.

The second reason is because it's the right thing to do.
It's just right. It makes things work.

Sometimes you just have to suck it up and obey your parents because it's the right thing to do.

No family is as perfect as they look in their pictures, but every family would be better if you would obey your parents. You don't have to like what they say, but things will be a lot better for you (and them) if you do it anyway.

Obey your parents because you belong to Jesus, and because it's the right thing to do.


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