Thanks for Family
Be thankful for your family. Tell your kids and grandkids about them. If you’re a younger adult, take the time and effort to learn about your family, its stories and traditions, and any other thing that you believe might be important to future generations. Remember that this includes you!
How did family traditions start in your family? Who were significant ancestors, and why are they important to you? Where did people grow up, and where did your family move? My family (I thought) was essentially Californian. When I moved to Oklahoma, I had an old photo of relatives and found inscriptions on the photo’s back describing their family home in 19th century Oklahoma Territory!
Faith stories are a key part of family history. Stories of remarkable conversions, of Christian service, and histories of support of various churches tell us how the faith is passed on from generation to generation. I discovered that I was not the first pastor, but one of several in our history, dating back more than 400 years.
All families have stories how how troubles have been overcome, or when wonderful things occurred. We find that our families include people remarkable for their accomplishments or particular talents. I could go on, but you get the idea.
One of the advantages of being older is the repository of information that you have regarding traditions, memories, people. If you are younger, you have more time, and more family to come. Remember what God has done and is doing though your family. What a blessing!
I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. Genesis 17:7