I think God’s got a huge sense of humor; why else would he put polar opposites in families. Our four boys are so different from one another. We have a couple who are strong-willed. One that is laid-back. Some who are VERY outgoing and another that will do anything to avoid the spotlight. Every person in the Morgan family is different. We all have our likes and dislikes.
Interestingly enough, as families should, we try to value the uniqueness of each person. Not everyone can get their way, eat where they want or do what they want, but being different is what makes a family a family. Here are some examples of the Morgan family and their differences …
- At home, 9 times out of 10, whatever Lea fixes one kid will say, “Sweet, Mom, I love this,” while another kid will say, “Oh man, this again?” We’re all just different.
- When we eat out, I have one child that always says, “Why don’t we ever get to eat at McDonalds?” (We’re hoping as he matures he’ll grow out of his fascination for that place!) I have one son that could care less where, as long as I’m buying. I have another son that wants to eat some place that will have great quantities of food, like a buffet. Lea’s looking for a place with “atmosphere” and I’m wanting cheap. BTW: I’m sure if I looked up the greek word for “atmosphere” it would mean “expensive.”
- Ask anyone in our family, “Where do you want to go on vacation this year?” and you’ll get a different answer from everyone.
- One son of mine would be content fishing from sun up until sundown. Another would spend an entire week at Six Flags, despite it taking only one ride to make me nauseous. We all have different likes and dislikes and that’s just the way God made us.
- I love sitting down and watching a movie with the entire family, BUT I have a couple of kids that don’t think that sounds like much fun.
- I have two sons that would say, “Let’s play Monopoly!” Folks, just so you’ll know … I hate Monopoly with the white hot intensity of 1000 suns. I’d rather repeatedly poke myself in the eye with a stick than have to sit through a 4 hour board game. Ugh!
- Some of us love to play cards, but I have one son that would rather do anything but.
- Most of our family would be content to sit down and watch a baseball game together, but not all. Some would choose a cartoon, I love SportsCenter and Lea could watch HGTV all day. We’re all different, that’s how God made us.
Yes, God must have a sense of humor, and He must love variety … why else would He build families with polar opposites in them. Healthy families don’t have black-sheep, instead they learn to value every person for the way God made them.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” ~ Psalm 127:1.
So, how is your family different?