Overcome Broken Relationships – August 22, 2016

Matthew 19:29, And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
(Genesis 37:2-28)

My current sermon series is titled, ‘Navigating Life’s Journey God’s Way!’ Sunday, we looked at 5 keys to success in life from the life of Joseph, found the book of Genesis. The first key to success was overcoming broken relationships. If you remember the story of Joseph, he was the favored child of his father but hated by his siblings. Joseph’s family was anything but perfect, and the truth is that we do not come from perfect families, nor do we always have perfect relationships. However, we can’t let a rough childhood, sibling rivalries or broken relationships derail us from achieving our best.

Even so, my guess is, regardless of how bad your family dynamics were or are, they probably were not as bad as Joseph’s. If you remember, Joseph’s brothers not only hated him, but they actually took him against his will and sold him into slavery which resulted in him being taken to a different land. It would have been easy for Joseph to simply give up and quit, but he didn’t. Joseph overcame his broken relationships and let God bless him where he was. So let that be my encouragement to you today, don’t live in your past broken relationships. Instead, thrive where you are; be the best you can be and look to the future.

Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D