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Jan 29th, 2021
Upstream: Parenting
By: Rebecca Hatton
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Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

Two questions. I ask them of every couple I counsel before they marry. 

  • What is it that you hope your children and grandchildren say about you as an individual long after you’re gone?
  • What is it that you hope your children and grandchildren say about your marriage long after you’re gone?

These two questions can set the tone of your marriage and your life. They point out that all of us will leave a legacy. For good or for ill, you will leave a mark. 

Recently, I was honored to work with a young engaged couple. Both high school teachers, they’re making a difference already. Impressive and godly, these two have both Kingdom purpose and mission. When I asked those questions, the groom got teary-eyed. Raised by drug-addicted parents, his childhood was anything but simple. Yet this young man said, “I was determined not to have that kind of life.”

He had learned early that Jesus isn’t the light at the end of the tunnel. Jesus is the light IN the tunnel. He is changing the generations. This guy will move away from the chaos and fear that characterized his childhood. He will overcome the poor parenting he experienced as a child. He will change the future of every one of the children who bear his name.

How about you? Is there anything you’d like to do differently than you experienced growing up? Guess what? You can be the kind of parent you wish you had. No matter what kind of home life you had growing up, you can chart a new course for yourself and your children… and your children’s children. God Himself wants to give you a hope and a future. 

How about if each of us commit our hearts to the God who wants to give us a hope and a future? Let’s ask today for fresh fire in our hearts and our homes. And for the courage to leave a legacy of faith for the next generation to talk about, long after we’re gone.

Today, ask God for the courage to look deeply into your heart to see where He wants to grow you up. Then? Be obedient to whatever He illuminates.