I stood in the kitchen with my uncles and dad on Christmas Eve of my sophomore year of college. Nothing is off limits in our family conversations, and a controversial issue surfaced. It was a topic that had come up in a college class the previous semester. I posed some “what if” questions about the topic, asking the opinions of my family and explaining that I had started seeing the issue differently than the view I had grown up hearing.
My uncles listened to me, then one of them turned to my dad. “She’s left the nest,” he said, with a smile on his face.
That conversation showed me an obvious truth about family relationships: They change as we change.
As a child and teenager, living at home with my parents, what it meant to live out God’s commands was always clear to me. I was in my parents’ home and under their authority. I was commanded to obey them and they were called to teach me the ways of the Lord and instruct me how to follow Him.
I’m now a 26-year-old…