We don’t get to choose many of our family members: mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, cousin, in-laws, out-laws,

Add to the list of “extended family” some of our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The understanding of what family means becomes diverse and robust.

In the Army, we add additional family members to include: our fire team, squad, platoon, 1SG, CO, as well as company and battalion.

A prominent 1st century leader once asked, “Who is my mother and my brothers?”  Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”  [Mark 3:33-34 NIV]

What this text identifies is that the strength of family is found in a shared commitment to those things which are larger than ourselves. All families experience both challenges and opportunities, disappointments and victories. What keeps us together is shared commitment.

(Word of the Day at 11JULY Yellow Ribbon Event) #WOTDseries #Drop7

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