From Waiting in Wonder by Catherine Larson
If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. –Joshua 24:15
Was it Great Aunt Matilda who had high blood pressure or Aunt Irene? You stare at the little boxes on the page in front of you in the doctor’s waiting room, trying your best to check all that apply. It’s the most morbid kind of survey there is: the family medical history questionnaire. While it’s unpleasant to remember who in your extended family died or was plagued by illness, it’s important information for your doctor to know in order to care for you and your baby.
Family history is also important when it comes to spiritual health. It can have a real bearing not only on your spiritual life but also on that of your child. Did criticism, backbiting, and arguments prevail in your home while you were growing up? Was sarcasm a way of life? Looking back, what unhealthy patterns of relating can you see? Or what positive head starts did you receive as a result of your parents’ faithfulness? The good news is, God is bigger than the sins that have plagued our families even for generations past! And your generation has a decision to make: will you blindly repeat the unhealthy patterns of the past, or will you choose this day that your household will serve a better Master?
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