Next to God there is nothing more important to me than my family. Abraham was a great man of faith and God chose to bless him by making his descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. God understood the joy that a family can bring to a man. My spouse and I just returned from Captiva Island, Fl where we spent seven days with our family. There were ten of us and what a blessing it was. Some of us went para sailing, while others enjoyed paddle boarding. We all enjoyed sun bathing and shelling. By my calculations after considering the cost of air fare, housing, car rental, food and all the other related expenses the average cost of "each sea shell", that my spouse and I found, was approximately $54.00. Spending time with family was however "priceless". I love each one of them for who they are. Like every sea shell we found each family member is unique and beautiful in their own way just the way God made them. We hired a professional photographer to preserve the memories we made together.
The day before we left for home we took two of our grandsons out for breakfast. My seven year old grandson said that "serving God was the most important thing we can do". The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3 that the Holy scriptures can make us wise, "so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work".
I woke up this morning and I thanked God again for my family. I hope you are thankful for your family as well.