“You can store up blessings and favor by living a life of excellence and integrity that will affect generations to come. I know I am blessed today because I had parents who honored God. I had grandparents who prayed for me and modeled a life of excellence.
You are where you are because somebody sacrificed. Somebody prayed. Somebody served. And now God is honoring them by releasing His goodness in your life. None of us got to where we are on our own.”- Joel Osteen
This is something I’ve never given a lot of thought to, at least in that way, but it makes a lot of sense. I know my grandmother has prayed for me her whole life and still continues to do so despite her own failing health. My grandfather attended church every Sunday until he was too sick to do so. And I know my parents pray for our family as well. Even several generations back, there was someone building a foundation for the family that I have today. How comforting to know that those people were creating a faith-based future for myself and those around me.
I try to instill these things into my daughter as well and hope that what I am doing in my life as well as in hers, will continue to be a model for generations to come. When we believe and trust in God’s word we aren’t just bringing hope into our present lives but for those following along behind us. Think about this as you decide what kind of life you are living, how you are raising your children and what type of role model you are. Not just in your own family, but to all of those you come in contact with.
Also, don’t forget to remind your children how important their grandparents and ancestors are/were because despite the ever-present generation gap there is so much to be learned from them. When they are gone, a certain set of values and integrity will be gone with them, unless we continue to pass them on to our children ourselves.
“And in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” – Genesis 22:18