Growing Up Part 1

Years ago, the vision of my church, Peace In Christ Lutheran in Walkersville was:

God’s People, Gathered Together, Growing up and Going Out through God’s Grace

At one point, to familiarize members with our vision, we held a Vision Workshop. Members gave talks on each segment of the vision — what it meant and how they had seen it applied. I recently came across the talk I wrote about “Growing Up” and thought I would share it this month.

You’ve probably noticed that in any family, there are different jobs or tasks that need to be done. It’s also true that not everyone in the family is equally able to do every job. For example, in my family, my husband, Terry rarely cooks — and to be frank, the rest of us prefer it that way! However, Terry is an excellent financial manager. He balances the checkbook, does the taxes and keeps the family records in order, and I depend upon him to do those things. Our daughter, Beth, is the only family member with artistic ability and so she is consulted on picture arrangement, color selection and poster projects. Kate, the most extroverted among us, keeps the dinner conversation lively. Of course, there are quite a few tasks that any one of us can handle like vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom. And believe me, life is better in the Culler household when everyone pitches in.

The family, however, has goals beyond housekeeping. One of the deepest human drives is the search for direction and meaning in life. A family is the best place to find encouragement and help in discovering who we are and what we do best. In our family, we’ve always tried to encourage the girls in their interests. At different times this has meant paying for music lessons and instruments; art classes; becoming soccer parents; going to Girl Scout meetings, band competitions and recitals. We even packed Kate up and sent her to Germany for a year as an exchange student. You get the idea! And it’s not only children, we adults grow and change also. When Terry and I were first married, he decided to go back to school, so I supported him through college and graduate school. He has been patient with my enthusiasms also. There were the years I decided to write the Vacation Bible School programs for Peace In Christ. I remember Terry telling someone how for months before VBS started, our house would be littered with books, maps and craft ideas (not easy for a neat freak to tolerate) and my mind was racing with ideas for that year’s theme to the virtual exclusion of everything else in our lives. He knew how important it was to me, so he helped me in any way he could.

To be continued …..

For more about family see these posts:

The Blessing of Family

Being a Family Blessing

A Family Prayer

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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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