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Members of a family need to be rested and equipped to be able to go out and meet the needs of others. If they are worn out and grumpy they will not be able to shine the light of Christ to others. Laundry needs to be done, food cooked, lessons finished, character training worked on, and relationships strengthened. Although those things need to be high on the priority list, they are things that are a constant work in progress. We never really finish them, so we cannot use them as a reason not to go out and serve. The point is not to neglect your family and home to do good works.
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