"Pointing to his disciples, [Jesus] said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. . . .'" - Matthew 12:49
Ashleigh has a great family and extended family that she is very close to—both geographically and emotionally. But she is also a part of other communities that she considers family. Her class at school has grown close through a few tragedies and difficult times that have affected them greatly. The pool and swim club that she has been a part of for 10 years is also a big part of her life. And she loves her church and youth group and the times that she can spend with them. She feels cared for and loved in all of these communities through both good times and bad times.
Jesus gathered a close group of disciples around him who became like family to him. They shared monumental events and quiet downtimes together. They shared a God-given passion for living in the kingdom of God. And while Jesus no doubt loved his earthly mother and brothers, he loved his community of disciples, followers, and friends as well.
With whom are you surrounding yourself? What communities are you a part of that are like family to you, loving you unconditionally and supporting you in both good times and bad times? Whom do you share life with? It is important for each of us to have a family around us to do life together.