The Cornerstones of Our Lives: Family and Faith

Desiree I have been married 13 1/2 years and for 8 1/2 of those years I have also been a father.  Both husband to Desiree and father to Brooklyn, Dawson, Faith, and Hope shall I be until I move on to eternity.  During this time of my life I have come to better understand what exactly makes my life peaceful and harmonious.  This is not to say that I have uncovered some truth that so many people, searching for hundreds of years, have not been able to unmask.  I have not found the Holy Grail, I have just found what works best for me and my family.

Through my abundance of experiences working with people as an educator and my role as father I have learned that there are two cornerstones that, when present in our lives, will keep a sharp focus on the proper perspective in our lives: Family and Faith.  I don’t have all the answers to life nor do I pretend to know what it takes to get to Heaven, but I do know the stability Family and Faith give my life.

Faith is our spiritual connection to God.  Whatever it is we decide to practice on a daily basis that brings us closer to God, makes Him the focus of our decisions, and brings glory to Him defines our Faith.  I am a devout Catholic and strongly believe in the doctrine of the Catholic church.  However, I believe all who practice their Faith, whatever Faith that might be, live knowing that God is good, are living for Him, and remain grounded in the principles of His goodness for all mankind benefit from the peace and centeredness that results from a strong Faith.

Family is the connection and responsibility we have to those who are closest to us.  My parents have been married over 50 years and I have four siblings; the foundation and significance of Family was instilled in me very early in my life.  Now, as Desiree and I raise our children, I am convinced more and more each day of the importance of sharing, learning, and loving as a Family.

Too often I have witnessed people turn to vices attempting to fill the void of Family and Faith.  I was there myself too often.  The dark paths I have been down, as many others have been down, are frightening places that I have no desire to return.  Family and Faith are forever.  Is there anything else more constant or more rewarding than these two elements when properly applied in our lives?  People can stay focused on the proper priorities and perspective when one of these two cornerstones becomes weakened, but with both Family and Faith as the focus above all else our paths to God will be sunlit from Heaven and the answers to all of our fears and anxieties of this world will be answered.

In this season of Advent, preparing for my meeting with Jesus Christ, I continue to pray that I find the strength God has gifted me to further develop my Family and Faith to stay focused, amidst all of the distractions of this world, on what is truly important.

I believe that proper balance in the structure of my life begins with a focus on Family and Faith.


About jpsteltz

Proud husband and father of four; Literacy Specialist; Reading Teacher; Literacy Coach; HS ELA Teacher; Published Author
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