Differences divide people today as never before. A large percentage of homes are filled with conflict, isolation, or brokenness. Families everywhere are torn apart and are in crisis – and Christians are not immune.
God’s plan for families offers something much better than that. He gives each family member unique strengths that are meant to blend together to create an atmosphere of mutual support – to complement, not compete (1 Corinthians 12, Psalm 68:6, Psalm 133:1).
How Families Can Become Stronger
Often families are unaware that their differences actually represent enormous strengths. But once parents and children recognize the need to pursue God’s plan for differences in their families, the results are life-changing. No matter what the family unit – a single-parent family, a traditional family, or a blended family – each member brings individual strengths to the unit and makes it stronger.
Why Do Families Choose to Discover Their Strengths?
The break up of the American family is not a new story, although recent studies demonstrate its devastating impact on our culture. Fortunately, new generations understand the value of the family as our social unit. 61% American “Millennials” – those born between 1980 and 1991 – say family comes first in their list of what’s important, ahead of friends, education, careers and even religion. That’s excellent news!
Here are a few more reasons families like yours have used Family Insights Profiles in their homes with transformational results.
- 40% of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers.
- One of every 3 children born in the U.S. is the child of an unwed mother.
- 26% of children under 21 live with a single parent.
- The vast majority of American parents (91%) say that being a success as a parent does not include instilling faith in God in their children.
- 70% of Americans say they have a frustrating or difficult relative.
- When asked what they wished their parents had done differently during times of conflict, 5,000 surveyed adults say they wished their parents had listened more, they wished they could have talked about feelings more, and they wished they had talked to their parents more.
- An informal poll by a leading wellness educator reports that 82% find family gatherings stressful; 53% say their stress stems from interacting with difficult relatives.
Sources: The Barna Group; Furstenberg, Peterson, Nord, and Zill, “Life Course”; Hudson Institute Executive Briefing, 1997; Leonard Felder Ph.D.: “When Difficult relatives happen to good people”; Lifeway Research; Gary and Greg Smalley; United States Census Department: “Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support, 2007”; Wade, Horn and Busy, “Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform.”