OMG there’s a big ball of fire out there

My view recently while walking the dog.

Does it ever hit you that there’s this big ball of fire out there dominating everything on earth?

Take that one thing away and everything changes.

Most of what I think about and get concerned about during an average day is stupid compared to that one big thing. I need to be reminded of that.

When you see in the news that one family member hurt another family member because of a disagreement over a cold meal or what show to watch on TV, you know it wasn’t really about the meal or TV.

The meal and TV are the stupid little things. The big things are love, rejection, forgiveness, grace, selfishness, patience, harshness, insensitivity, generosity, encouragement, appreciation; stuff like that.

The little things are just the barometers, the evidence of the condition of the big things.

What would you say are the big important things in your family right now?

Major on that.

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A Family Like Yours is 31 Days of encouragement to help you appreciate, influence, and love the family you have (no matter what).

This is day 18.

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About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. janetb1

    I think more than ever it seems the big thing for me is to gather my family together. To be intentional about it. Make sacrifices to see them.

    I am new to your blog today. I found you through a link Emily had on her blog.

    Have a good day! I look forward to reading more of your art.

  2. ThatOne

    I just want to say how much I appreciate this series. Your little nuggets are so encouraging and it has helped me focus on praying for my family like I never have before. I’m already seeing the work God is doing in my heart, immediately answering a prayer for Him to show me anything that I kept as a wall between me and a sibling… I didn’t expect Him to answer within two minutes!
    I truly feel that this series has softened my heart to accept (with joy) “let it begin with me”. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Terrie

    I have a prodigal son. Not the Biblical variety who at least went away to practice his foolishness…but rather one who constantly subjects his family to his hurtful, dark existence. Not only this series, Gary, but your testimony and changed heart…continue to give me hope for my son and our family. God Bless.

    • you’ve heard: hurting people hurt people. Brenda prayed for me for years and years – NEVER did I think my life would change or that I would follow Jesus. And here we are. Thanks Terrie

    • monkey tamer

      So sorry for your hard, dark days, so glad you see the light. While walking through 10 years of darkness w a prodigal son and all the deeds that I don’t dare admit he’s done, praise God He knew what I needed as a mother and what miracles He would perform in my midst. Cling to hope, it is enough to carry you and every prayer of thanks reflects hope back to all of us, which I’m always grateful for. God is holding you in His arms, His plan is perfect and oh how He loves you and me. Praise His Holy Name.

  4. Janet Ribet

    A beautiful picture, and a wonderful perspective on the issue of small things and what lies behind them.

  5. Mary

    Gary, God has given you a gift to write and I am so glad that you are sharing this gift. I am going to try to implement the “family vision day” during the holidays when I visit my children in Virginia. “Jesus wins with weakness and trouble” couldn’t be more true with my family. When turmoil hit our family on multiple occasions due to sickness, we realized the blessings that came with each event. God provided the orchestra with music ever so peaceful. While the symphony continues He brings strength and peace when the crescendo gets to be too much. I look forward to each of your messages. You are special and I know you are helping so many people. Thank you

  6. DWK

    Technically, it’s not fire. :)

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