Chapter-a-Day Joel 1

Tom and sophia 122408 LR 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?

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Joel 1”

  1. Make sure you tell your children,
    and your children tell their children,
    And their children their children.
    Don’t let this message die out.
    I was reminded a few years ago how great a legacy can be. I penned a letter to my grandfather before he died thanking him for his contribution to my dad, my brothers and I. The story is a little different than most. My dad’s parents both died when he was 14. He was put into the care of his guardian, a distant relative, my “grandpa”. I never knew him as anything different. Grandpa had one blood son who has one blood son. His legacy for raising up men in his family could have been 2. By taking in my dad, teaching him, loving him and raising him, grandpa’s male influence reached 12 young men rather than 2. Taking in my dad was a selfless act that ensured that the message wouldn’t die out. Thanks Grandpa Vander Hart.

  2. Make sure you tell your children,
    and your children tell their children,
    And their children their children.
    Don’t let this message die out.
    I was reminded a few years ago how great a legacy can be. I penned a letter to my grandfather before he died thanking him for his contribution to my dad, my brothers and I. The story is a little different than most. My dad’s parents both died when he was 14. He was put into the care of his guardian, a distant relative, my “grandpa”. I never knew him as anything different. Grandpa had one blood son who has one blood son. His legacy for raising up men in his family could have been 2. By taking in my dad, teaching him, loving him and raising him, grandpa’s male influence reached 12 young men rather than 2. Taking in my dad was a selfless act that ensured that the message wouldn’t die out. Thanks Grandpa Vander Hart.

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