Five Cs of Healthy Family Life by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Commitment, Communication, Counsel, Creativity and Conduct have been identified as keys for a healthy family life.
This was the crux of the presentation by the Vice-President (Education), Living Faith Church, Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, titled “Running Well and Finishing Strong: Healthy Tips for Academics”, during the just concluded 2015/2016 Executive Advance for Faculty and Senior Non-Teaching Staff on Thursday, August 6, 2015.
She noted that life is a race and that everyone is on the line for a contest, adding that career and home are of utmost importance, “Running well and finishing strong require a strong and healthy family life”, she said.
The Vice-President, Education, stated further that countless studies point to the need for balancing home and work-life to reduce stress, increase personal and professional satisfaction and effectiveness.
She asserted that attaining a steady and successful career while maintaining a healthy and happy family life is achievable. “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life”, she advised.
She highlighted love as the foundation for healthy family life, adding that it is imperative to share one’s dreams, hopes, memories, possessions, successes among others with family members to achieve a healthy family life.
While speaking on the 5Cs of a healthy family life, she defined commitment as the process of giving time, resources, energy to anything an individual believes in.
Also enumerating three levels of commitment, she said it is important to be committed to God, family and career. She stated that commitment to family brings security, compels love and triggers submission.
Pastor Faith Oyedepo highlighted communication as another key ingredient for healthy family life. She made reference to the words of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo that “Poor Communication is the reason behind brutality in many Christian marriages today”.
She said words are the vehicle for effective communication and advised that people should chose their words wisely in order to engender good relationship.
According to her, effective communication requires that an individual learns to be a good listener, be faithful, truthful and openly recognize the need for wisdom and understanding. “Individuals should be open to counsel from God, His word, observations, testimonies and resource materials,” she said.
She encouraged faculty and staff to embrace creativity and good conduct in their relationships. Pastor Faith Oyedepo also admonished them to strike balance between career and family life. According to her, only good and conducive family atmosphere can engender career success.
She concluded with Wiseman’s quote that says, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with our family” she noted.