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In any family the greatest gift one can give is a life lived for Christ. You are not put into a family by convenience or by your choice. One is placed in a family for a purpose. You have the relatives you have for a reason.

Now some people may not be so happy with that arrangement of who their family members are. Yet God may use you up close or from a distance. God has plans to use your life among the people in a family you have influence over. That is, if you are willing to participate with God's plan.

Family is probably one of the greatest challenges to one's Christian faith. It can draw something out of you good or bad- your choice. I believe the main reason we are put into a family has eternal consequences in lives. What makes a family a Godly one is what is taught by example by others, and it's a lot of hard work by a great eternal investment.

Parents are supposed to be spiritual shepherds, and if they are or aren't shows up in their children. And sometimes we have to be spiritual shepherds to other people's family because of the neglect of others.

God makes the soul that goes into every person- His DNA- and when a man and woman produce a child, their DNA mixes, and their results will only come out right if they put God's DNA first. Everything else is tainted.

No one can stop what God is set on doing. Job 42:2 tells us that. But mankind can interfere with God's plans for a person and cause unnecessary heartache.

God can produce results that have greater possibilities than you could ever imagine. God won't fail you just because someone else did, or even if you have failed Him in the past. He's your true father and can totally take care of you regardless of what family you are in or out of. He cares like no one else can.

Mark Taylor is the General Manager of KNEO Radio and President of Sky High Broadcasting. You can read his weekly columns in the Big Nickel, the Newton County News, the Free Press and the Neosho Daily News, or email him at mtaylor@kneo.org.