What difference do you make in your home? David returned home to “bless his family”. Do you bless yours?
I am sure your family loves you. You are the mother, the father, the brother, or the sister. Of course, they love you, but are you lovable? Do they actually like you? Are you a positive influence on the health of your home? Do you add to its success, or take away from it? If they had a choice would they hang out with you today?
Think about it for a moment. When you enter your home, what happens? Do people get excited? Are they glad you are there? Can they expect to see a smile, hear a kind word, or know they can approach you in peace? Are you a blessing to your home?
More important perhaps: Would the people in your home agree with your answers to the previous questions?
When my boys were little, sometimes I found myself as the spoiler of joy. I would come home, they would be excited about something in their life, and I would crush their spirit with my attitude. Thankfully not many of those days (I think they would agree), but enough that I remember them.
There were days that my role was a disciplinarian…when I had to make hard decisions, but other times I was that person because I had a bad day at work or I was in a bad mood. There were many times, when I took the stress of life out on my family. In those times, I had to remind myself that my home needed me just to be a dad who blesses them. As it turns out, the days with my boys at home were quickly gone. I am thankful for the times I chose to add joy to the home.
David went home to his family…and he blessed them! All of us play a role in creating the mood of our home. We can choose to be a positive or a negative influencer of that atmosphere. All of us have bad days, but the way we respond to our family is most important. Considering the current mood you are adding to your home, could that verse have been written about you?
Have you ever been the spoiler of joy in your home?