There Is No "Fun" In Dysfunctional

Writer Author  Marsha Jordan
Christian Article : Life  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer What child doesn't like to imitate his parents? Little girls put on mommy's lipstick and little boys clomp around in daddy's shoes. Unfortunately, we often imitate bad habits of our parents too. Sometimes parents model negative behaviors that can ruin our lives if we imitate them. Addictions and abuse are behaviors that we would be better off not copying.

That's what dysfunctional families are all about -- kids copying their parents -- and hurting themselves and others as a result. And we ALL come from dysfunctional families.

We often find ourselves demonstrating behaviors we dislike. For some reason, it’s much easier to pick up another’s bad habits than it is to learn their good habits. Once ingrained, negative traits and habits become like chains that are nearly impossible to break, but here's some good news: God says, "You were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers." (I Peter 1:18-19) In other words, there's hope of changing and ridding your life of some of those "empty ways" you learned while growing up.

The dark stuff inside us - whether it's from our past or from our own choices - is wrapped up in what God calls "sin." Sin, simply put, is living in a way that’s not good for us or those around us. It’s falling short of the best God has planned for us.

Jesus died to not only forgive our sin - but also to break its power over us. He can remove those chains that bind us. He can change us from the inside out. No one has to stay stuck in dysfunctional lifestyles.

May we pray the prayer of King David in Psalm 51:10. "Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me." Our "empty ways" have done enough damage. Continuing on in our mistakes will get us nothing but more pain. God is ready to transform our hearts, minds, and lives so we can enjoy the abundant life that Jesus came to give. With His transforming power in our lives, we can declare, "Dysfunctional behavior stops in this generation!"

Additional Thought to Ponder: 
Just because you had a lousy childhood is no excuse to become a lousy adult.

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