Have you joined in the latest craze to uncover the secrets of your family history? We all wonder if someone famous shares the same DNA as ours. Might I be related to a queen or king? Could I be of the same bloodline as a literary giant from long ago? I think we all search for significance in the mundane of our daily lives by looking to our past. Admittedly I have thought to myself; there must be more to my life than working, raising children and chores.
These thoughts began again recently as I watch my parents’ generation start to depart this life. I helplessly watch as age takes a toll on their frail frames. Those once larger-than-life family members now confined to nursing homes or hospital beds. They guided my life with their wisdom, but now the mantle is passing to my generation. Who will oversee my steps into the future? Will I impact the lives of the next generation?
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) “In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.”
I ponder these profound questions as I reflect on those who went before me. Soon, I hear the small whisper of Christ that reminds me that I am never alone in this world. My thoughts turn to my Christian ancestry. I remember all the spiritual giants of the Bible and how they guide my life through their words recorded in scripture. My heart lightens as I understand that Christ will never leave me or forsake me. He will guide my steps all of my life.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
I do not have to worry about my ancestry or worry about the significance of my life. I am a child of Christ. Christ paved the way and set the example for me to follow. Christ calls me to walk the path He has laid out for me. Nothing more, nothing less; He wants my obedience. When we follow God’s way, then He will make everything work out. The path may not be easy, and lives will not be perfect. But we are assured in Romans 8:28 that Christ will work out everything for our good.
Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It is nice to know all about our earthly ancestry and how we fit into our family lineage. But, it is our Christian ancestry that provides us with a purpose and a future. You are a child of a King, and you are significant in His eyes.
Yvonne, Blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”