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Importance of Family

Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, families dissolve at a greater rate in the United States than in any other major industrialized country? And we also lead in the number of fathers absent from the home. U.S. divorce laws are the most permissible in the world, and people are using them at an alarming rate. To some people, marriages and families have become acceptable casualties in the pursuit of success.

But many people are now realizing that the hope of happiness at the expense of breaking up a family is an illusion. You can’t give up your marriage or neglect your children and gain true success. Building and maintaining strong families benefit us in every way, including in helping us make the success journey. Nick Stinnet asserted more than a decade ago, “When you have a strong family life, you receive the message that you are loved, cared for and important. The positive intake of love, affection, and respect … gives you inner resources to deal with life more successfully.” (emphasis added).

(from The Success Journey (pp. 167-168), by John C. Maxwell)

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