‘The promise is for you, and for your children.’ Acts 2:39 ESV
Every family has unique and different strengths. Certain values, insights and beliefs have been passed down as an inheritance to you, whether you’re aware of it or not. Having a sense of your family’s history can inspire you to carry on the greatness—or overcome the tragedy. It’s worth knowing how believers in your generations made it over their ‘Jordan River’ and into their ‘Promised Land’. What generational blessings have they passed on? What baggage did they have that you’d rather was left behind?
Each person has unique qualities that cause them to stand out from all the others. All of us have special talents, and all of us want to hear what we do well. We need to recognise and verbalise the uniqueness of each family member. We need to emphasise that, while we may be part of a great family or even a not-so-great one, we’re not restricted by our heritage; we have the freedom and ability to exercise our own individual gifts.
Inspire your family to be proud of where they came from, where they are now, and where they can go in the future. Our past binds us together, but it’s the individual members utilising their unique gifts and fulfilling their particular roles that make a family resilient and give it a strong future in the promises of God.
‘The promise is for you, and for your children.’ Don’t be the last link in the chain. Don’t let it end with you. Take the blessings God has deposited in you and, even now, cultivate them so that one day in the future you can pass them on to your children—and to your grandchildren as well.
SoulFood: Ezek 37:1–14,, Matt 27:50–53,, 1 Thess 4:13–18
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023