I will teach you hidden lessons from our past, stories we have heard and known stories our ancestors handed down to us.We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders…so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles ~Psalm 78:6-7
Knowing that I don’t know how much more life I will get to share with them, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my grandparents lately. They are both in their late 80’s. I look up to both of them for a lot of reasons. They’ve been married for 65 years, they raised a great family, they put family first, and they love life. How they lived their lives had a huge impact on the way I live my life.
I’ve been trying to put myself in their shoes by asking questions… What does it feel like to have most of your life behind you? What regrets do they have? What are they proud of? What would they do differently? What’s really important? How are they doing with their mortality at this stage of their lives? What stories are they telling about their lives? Why are they telling these stories? What makes them significant? What do they want to pass on to their children and grandchildren?
These are some powerful question aren’t they?
What if you asked yourself those questions about your life: How are you doing with your mortality? What are you proud of? What regrets do you have? What would you do differently? Are you living the life you want to live? What stories do you want to look back on and tell your kids about? How do you want people to summarize your life? What do you want to pass onto the generations to come?
It’s never too early to start asking yourself these questions. For me personally, I don’t want to tell my children and grandchildren that I played it safe and never really accomplished anything with my life. I want to tell them stories about a heroic life lived for God. A life with many battles that were won, struggles that we overcame, adventures that we went on, and lives that we helped change for the better. Ultimately, I want our children and grandchildren’s lives to be forever changed because of the lives we lived ours.
Key Lesson: What you do with your life doesn’t just matter to you. It matters to everyone around you and it will ultimately impact generations to come after you.
Spend some time this month reflecting on your life. Where you’ve been, where you’re at, where you’re currently headed, and where you would like to go and do. It’s never to late to change. It’s never to late to start living an intentional life. If you’re not happy with the life you’ve lived so far, do something about it, generations to come are counting on it!
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