It’s that time of year. Graduations and promotions bring accolades to our children. And we are so very proud of them.
Recently I attended the 8th grade promotion for my grandson, Steven. He has grown so tall and handsome and is using his talents. I guess the little kids must grow up.
Steven was the first performer for the evening ceremonies. He loves to play his guitar. He and two other musically artistic young men entertained us. And two young women spoke to inspire and encourage their peers.
I, and all our family, are so proud of Steven and his accomplishments.
What’s so amazing is watching our children and grandchildren branch out and discover their world.
Steven wants to be an airplane pilot one day. I love this. I once wanted to do that. But I chose to build a house instead. Every now and then I look up at small planes in the sky and wish I could be soaring above the world. I gave Steven my flight books and as he fulfills his ambition one day, I can imagine looking down the annals of time and seeing family continuity.
The book, A Lantern In Her Hand, by Bess Streeter Aldrich, inspired me in so many ways. Abbie Deal, the main character, was a pioneer woman. She was so busy settling the west that she had no time to develop her many talents. Yet, each one of her children inherited those talents and expanded them into their own adult lives. Abbie Deal was so proud to see her next generations flourish with those gifts bequeathed within family.
Sometimes we get glimpses of things greater than we are. God created us for big purposes, and He calls us to them. But I wonder if the purposes that He plans span our generations. We may begin, but our children carry on.
Our times are interconnected and built upon the ones before.
Generational gifts and talents.
Perspective is interesting, isn’t it?
We continue to lead, guide and teach our children, and our grandchildren so that they may aspire to all God has called them to.
“Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end” (Psalm 119:111-112 NKJV).
“I will make Your Name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever” (Psalm 46:17 NKJV).