Legacy of Grace, Continued…


God has never done or said ANYTHING that He did not expect us to replicate or repeat.  From declaring the world into existence to walking and talking in the cool of the evening with those whom He created. Even, I dare say, in repenting in exasperation for making mankind and wanting to start over (how many parents can identify with that?) then forgiving and trying again with the same frail creation He started with.  God is the ultimate example in extending Grace. It is His legacy to us.

How many times have we been asked to ‘walk a mile’ in someone else’s shoes?  So often, we get so caught up in how another person is affecting our life, we never consider what is affecting their lives to cause them to impact us the way they do.  Many of us regret the parents, the siblings, the lives that we’ve been given because of the pain, stress and inconvenience we feel.

I took a moment and gave this considerable thought.  I know not everyone was raised in the kind of confusion and turmoil into which I was born. But everybody’s got their SOMETHING.  At some point EVERYBODY thinks NOBODY knows the trouble they’ve seen. And NOBODY wants to admit how much of that trouble is simply a perspective issue.

Whatever we happen to be looking for is what we’re going to find.  Take the time to look back with compassion on those who came before.  This enables us to look at what we really want to take with us into our future and discover how to let go of the things we need to leave behind.

A large part of the Legacy of Grace is GRATITUDE. Learning to extend grace to whatever faults you find in your family tree will enable you to be grateful for receiving the best love your family had to give.

Think about how you came to be so resourceful. Did it come from growing up without things everybody else took for granted?  How about how you became such a great communicator?  Was that from your grandmother always making learn those awful Easter speeches? Did your childhood abuses make you an advocate for others in your adulthood?  How about that ear for music?  Or that head for math and science? 

No, not everything they did for you or to you was right. Perfection went out the window in the Garden of Eden, sweetie.  And did it ever occur to you that a perfect heritage was not what you needed to fulfill your purpose in this life?

In Jeremiah 1:5, God said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;”

Don’t you think that if God knew you and sanctified you before you were not so much as a notion, He would provide all the appropriate DNA markers and family character traits that you would need to do what was required to meet your destiny head on?  Don’t you think He took flaws and frailties into consideration? I would like to think we could give the Creator of the Universe at least that much credit.

And, if we can give Him credit for all of that, perhaps we can extend to our forefathers and foremothers the forgiveness that we hope to receive from that same Creator. That is, in fact, another key component of the Legacy of Grace: FORGIVENESS.  Forgive the things about your family history (or your own for that matter) for which you feel shame and anger.  Realize that the only way to make the most out of the mistakes of others is to use them for your own course correction.  It will make it easier for you to be grateful for them. 

You will begin to understand that no family is dysfunctional if you can take what you see as “flaws” and use them for your own success in blessing others.  Then you can take them and teach the next generation a better way.  Embrace all that makes you who you are. Keep the best parts of your family alive and pass them along.  Leave a Legacy of Grace.

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