Finding Faith in the Family Tree

Grandparents and their grandson looking at a photo album
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In my preteen years, I interviewed my grandfather for a school assignment. To my surprise, he shared how he came to trust in Jesus Christ.

Although I knew he was a Christian, I didn’t know the story behind his decision. His words showed me a faith that made a difference; one that he lived out in all arenas of his life.

A new perspective

This assignment gave me a new perspective of my grandfather — and of my own faith. And it spurred me to ask my parents about their stories.

Now that I am a father, I want to share our family’s rich spiritual heritage with my children.

I want them to learn, as I learned, that their faith journey does not exist in isolation. They have grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles who all have testimonies.

Their spiritual legacy

One of our family’s goals for this year is to help our 7-year-old twin daughters understand their spiritual legacy.

Although we live a great distance from extended family, my wife and I will create opportunities for our girls to interview family members, such as on our annual retreat with my brothers and their families. Our extended family is large, so we understand that this will be a long process and will go at our children’s pace.

You may be a first-generation Christian or come from a long line of believers. Regardless of the length of your spiritual heritage, you can proudly share your story with your children. Your encounter with God is unique, and hearing about it will give your children a deep sense of belonging, not only to your family but also to the family of God.

This article appeared in the March/April 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine. If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. Get it delivered to your home by subscribing for a gift of any amount.

Copyright © 2010 by Cory Albracht. Used by permission. 

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