Traditions and the Joy of Serving

Ephesians 11:14-15 – “…We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ—“

Do you have some traditions that you remember from your childhood? Maybe you recall some customs that you did not like – eating Grandma’s dreaded Jell-O mold or hunting for the perfect Christmas tree in the bone-chilling temperatures. Did you have a family reunion and have to sit at the “kids table” with some distant cousins, who you didn’t really enjoy being around? I heard one lady say, “We have some traditions… I traditionally have to do everything.” Traditions don’t have to be bad though and in fact, can be enjoyable. The best family traditions are the ones that bless everyone and carried forward because of mutual enjoyment. When a tradition becomes dreaded by any part of the family, then it will eventually die. When everyone has fun, then a tradition continues and each person enjoys the work that is necessary to make it happen. Children have to learn from the older generation on how to keep the “good things” going. Church families are much the same and we need to create an atmosphere of grace and love, then pass these values to the next generation. It is to the best interest of everyone, when we learn the value and joy of serving.