Everyone loves a superhero. The whole word sees them one way, then there's a plot twist, and he or she is completely different than we first thought. Maybe you don't have an alter ego, but I'll bet you know how it feels to be misunderstood, especially by those closest to you. We can feel misunderstood by our family for all kinds of reasons. It feels like if anyone should "get" you, it's the people who live with you, your family.
Paul was the poster child for Jewish culture (Philippians 3:5). But then Paul's life took a left turn, he began to follow what most Jews would have thought to be a crazy man, Jesus. It seemed Paul had abandoned all the things that ever made him stand out. Paul writes: What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8a NIV). Paul focused on what he'd gained. God "got" Paul, and that gave him courage.
If you feel disappointed because your family doesn't "get" you, it's okay. How do we handle the plot twist of not being understood by our families?
- Take the pressure off your parents.
- Find your acceptance in God's view of you.
We can work on improving what we have with our family, but most of all, we can begin to see ourselves as God sees us. God gets you, and there will never be a plot twist to that.
God gets you.
Phillipains 3:5, 8a
Questions for Conversation
- What's one fictional family you wish you could be a part of?
- In what ways do you feel like your family doesn't understand you? Why is that frustrating or disappointing?
- How does know God "gets" you help you handle disappointment with your family?
- How can you better communicate as a family?