The term “family values” has become so much of a political hot potato that most people are no longer comfortable even using the term in conversation. And yet, never has it been so important to family continuity for family members to embrace a common set of values that constantly reminds each person that they are a part of something greater than themselves.
Thoughts like “this is what we do”, “this is who we are, because we believe in…” are the result of a foundation of clearly expressed values of which every member is aware. Any other structure of traditions, finances or sense of identity can only be built upon such values. Without them, those structures will collapse in the face of any difficulty.
As a young teenager, I first became aware of specific values embraced by my family while we were travelling on a vacation. A bus load of military recruits was stopped by the side of the mountain road because their engine had overheated. While we filled their radiator from the fresh water tank of our RV, my Dad affirmed both our family’s respect for those who defend our freedoms, and the attitude of service to others facing difficulty.