Make sure you tell your children, and your children tell their children, And their children their children. Don't let this message die out. Joel 1:2-3 (MGS)
I was looking through my family tree over the weekend. I've collected a host of pictures and other family records that needed to be sorted and so I was going through all of the scraps and photographs of our family history. One of the reasons that I dabble in geneaology is that, by looking back at the generations of yesterday, I find fascinating clues to who I am today.
Perhaps, this is why I have a different perspective looking forward. I get the sense that most people don't give much thought to the impact their lives have on their children, and certainly don't give a passing thought to future generations. Knowing how the previous generations have impacted me, I often give thought to how I will impact my children's children's children. My kids are almost grown and one will leave the nest in 2009. Yet, I will still have influence over them. As long as I have life and breath I will tough their lives. That imprint will make a difference. God willing, there will be more children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren who I can touch with love, grace, wisdom, peace and understanding.
How can my faith today make a difference in my children, grandchildren, and the generations who will come after?