We just finished 7th Heaven. All eleven seasons. For the past few months that is all the TV we have watched. My husband is a great man. He watched the entire show with me without complaint.
It became my therapy of sorts. It was how I slowed down at the end of the day. It got me through one of the most stressful seasons in which I’ve lived. It preached to me in ways that sermons and fellowship with others could not. It met a need I had that I still can’t quite put into words.
It was a great season, but now it is over and time to move on, although I will miss checking in on the Camdens. I do have some take aways that can be applied to living life well, so I thought I’d share with you a few of the lessons 7th Heaven can teach us all.
1. Family should be there for you no matter what (and you for them).
2. Family can be anybody that you open your heart and sometimes your door to.
3. Your secrets are not really a secret, somebody always knows.
4. Your sins will always find you out (Numbers 32:23).
5. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing – to receive and to give.
6. You should not be afraid to take risks and try something new.
7. You should always honor your commitments and keep your word.
8. Prayers are always answered; sometimes even the way you hoped.
9. Helping others is necessary for living a balanced life.
10. Breaking bread around the table with friends and family is therapy, even if it’s just Pizza from your local Pizza parlor.
11. Death is certain and brings pain, but there is healing in the grief process.
12. We all make mistakes, but we are not defined by the mistakes we have made.
13. Life is beautiful in all it’s messy turned upside down glory. Especially, in it’s messy upside down glory.
14. Falling in love is wonderful.
15. There is a God who loves us unconditionally and he has a sense of humor.
16. Sometimes you need to go home again.
17. Life is a miracle to be celebrated.
18. When you’ve done all that you can do take a road trip to gain perspective.
19. Choose to live well. You do have a choice.
20. Everything is going to be fine.
I’m sure there are many more lessons to be garnered from 7th Heaven, but these seem to be the overriding theme and I for one needed to be reminded of these truths.
Finding grace in my own 7th Heaven,