I have a friend that once shared with me something his son had told him earlier in life. His son simply said, “Dad there is family and then there’s relatives.” His son was saying in a most innocent manner that not all those in our bloodline are necessarily family. And those that we may not share the same blood with can be closer than those that we do.
I have many members in my family. Yes you are right, not all are from the same linage, either on my mother or father side. My family is large, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and live everywhere around the globe.
I love adding to my family. It seems there is always someone new that belongs to my family. When I relocated I was immediately adopted by a group of men folks that sincerely loved and adored me. Thank God because I knew no one in my new city. I felt blessed because I had just left the family, both immediate and extended, that I had grown to love and cherish.
What I discovered was, there is room enough for everyone when you love from your core of being. You can serve in several positions within the family as well. One of my aforementioned family members was more like a father than anyone else. Yet he was younger than I was. He served in the position with great pride. The others became my brothers or sons.
My larger, extended family now consists of members from all walks of life. They live in Africa, they live in Canada, they are living with the virus, and they are making a better community where I live. They all share a common denominator, their love and appreciation of life.
Describe your family for yourself. Is your family restricted to only those who share the same bloodline with you? You may be missing out on a tremendous blessing if you have never considered adding to your family.
Yes I have relatives also, like anyone else. But I have more family than relatives. Thanks God.