Perhaps one of the greatest gifts that God has given us is family. This summer, I had the opportunity to attend my maternal family reunion in Columbus, Ohio, as I have done so for the last three years. It is always a wonderful blessing to reconnect with family members, to laugh and talk and reminisce about times past. I always come away from each reunion with some knowledge that about my family that I did not possess prior to the event, but I always depart with the recurring thought—there is nothing in the world like family. In this busy world in which we live, there are many things that compete for our time, such as jobs or businesses, community service, or college career, and so forth. I will be the first to admit that 24 hours can be perceived as a joke in light of the tremendous amount of obligations that I deal with in a days-time, but that is all that God has given us. Henceforth, some would say they just don’t have time for activities such as family reunions, or time for their own families to say the least. Consequently, I would say that if you don’t make time to connect with family you are missing out on an extremely important aspect of life. Therefore, I would venture to say that if you can’t make time for family and extended family you are simply too busy, and need to make some adjustments. Just recently while conversing with a friend, we talked about the value of family, and the value of strong families. I am of the opinion that strong families are perpetuated, through love and commitment of the family members to one another. As a result, generations of strong families are created and keep going and going. With each passing year, as I get older, family has become increasingly important to me, and I pray that it is something that will continue until the day that I die. What about you my friend? Where are you in your love and dedication to family? Let’s go back to the old landmark of embracing the importance of family, and do our part to maintain healthy, strong relationships with our family members and endeavor to be an asset to our families and not a liability. For next to a relationship with Jesus Christ, there is absolutely nothing in the world like family. Love your family. Cherish your family.