Welcome to Day 28 of our Journey through “31 Days to Bless Your Family”!
Today’s theme is Completing. This is a lifelong commitment and vision.
When you promise to Bless Your Family you are making a promise that your love is a Completing kind of love – a lifelong commitment to Surrender to Oneness with your spouse, and a commitment to complete your blessing to your children.
Hollywood’s Version, “You Complete Me”
Some very memorable romantic lines come from the movie, Jerry Maguire, staring Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger. Tom’s character, Jerry, walks in to a full room of ladies inside the home of Renée’s character, Dorothy, and he is trying to win her back and profess his love. Jerry’s long speech to her in front of everyone concludes with telling Dorothy, “I love you, you complete me”, and she responds with, “shut up, just shut up… you had me at hello”.
There are a lot of great lines in that movie actually, and maybe our one real take away from it is that people’s lives are blessed when someone acts from the goodness in their heart, and follows through on their commitments to others for the long haul and in spite of the difficulties.
Three Lifelong Commitments to Completing
God’s commitment to complete us
Our commitment to bless our spouse in Oneness
Our commitment to bless our children’s unique purpose
It is really God that promises to “complete” us if we’ll let Him, and it isn’t really our responsibility to complete our mate or our children. God says that He has begun a good work in us, and if we are a part of His Blended Family, He will continue blessing and perfecting and completing us into eternity.
When we Surrender to Oneness with our spouse, especially over a lifetime, God can use that oneness to complete His plan in us, and in completing His plan for our marriage and family. As spouses we should compliment each other, and when united our individual strengths can work together in concert and harmony. I know I experience a wholeness in the bond that my wife and I share together that is more than I am alone. We have become one, and our commitment in marriage is a promise to experience the completeness of our life together. We bless our spouse in Oneness when we commit ourselves completely to them for our whole lives together.
In “The Blessing” by Trent and Smalley the last step in giving the “Family Blessing” is “An Active Commitment to Fulfill the Blessing“. Trent and Smalley state that it is the “responsibility that goes with giving the blessing” – it is our “staying power” to “confirm” the blessing to our children.
Words alone cannot communicate the blessing: they need to be backed with a commitment to do everything possible to help the one being blessed be successful.
…The fifth element of the blessing, an active commitment, is crucial to seeing the blessing communicated in our homes.
Your Lifelong Commitment and Vision
As you are intentional about Blessing Your Family, how can you demonstrate your commitment to love completely, to see through your promises to your spouse and your children?
How might you define or imagine God’s good work in completing you? How about His good work and plans for your spouse and your children?
How can you bless your mate more by fulfilling your promise to experience the completeness of life together, and grow in your Oneness together?
In what ways can you confirm your blessing to your children, your heart’s desire to help them be successful in their development as independent, unique, and purposeful adults?
[shareable cite=”@Eric_D_Jackson”]We bless our spouse in Oneness when we commit ourselves completely to them for our whole lives together.[/shareable]
Today’s “Dares and Prayers” shared in the video:
Love Dare – “Sacrifices“
Love Dare For Parents – “God’s Word“
Power of a Praying Husband, Pray for – “Her Heart” /edj
Resolution – “to be Faithful“
31 Days of Building Your Family Values, Bible App Devotions – “Work Ethic“
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Daily Resources and References
Please review the Welcome to 31 Days to Bless Your Family post if you missed it. There are some starting resources and recommendations there. Your best resource will be a local Bible teaching church to plug into with your family, and be surrounded by a thriving and supportive community.