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We all desire to belong – to be part of a family and connect with our people. But sometimes our tribe includes members outside of our blood family. As it turns out, there are some connections thicker than blood.

When expected to defer to the wishes of his family, Jesus indicated that his true family consisted of those who obeyed the will of his Father.

As such, he shows us there are certain relationships that go even beyond our family ties.

It is said, we’re to leave father and mother and join as one with our wife. In a similar sense, we must also leave our blood family to be joined as one with our true family.

In no way does this minimize or disrespect the role family plays in our life. But it does challenge us to consider our true family.

Our true family consists of those we share a similar work, life purpose, calling, or direction with.

Perhaps we have a heart for music and seek to find and connect with our true musical family.

Or maybe we find our sense of place among those who share our heart for social justice, financial stewardship, or spiritual formation.

Whatever the bond that connects – going much beyond mere mutual interests or shared hobbies – we all have our people that speak deeply to our souls and provide us with a true sense of belonging.

And without our people we feel lonely and as orphans in the world.

Disconnected from our true family, we might put undue expectations on those around us, eventually growing bitter and resentful when they cannot satisfy the deep movements of our heart.

We owe it to ourselves, and everyone around us, to find our true family.

When surrounded by our tribe we can grow into the best version of ourselves. This blesses everyone, including our blood family.

Honor your family ties. But don’t confuse blood with true family.

There is a bond thicker than blood. Find your people and let life flow from these divine connections.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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