God’s Message to me [Ezekiel]: “What do you people mean by going around the country repeating the saying,”The parents ate green apples, the children got the stomachache?” Ezekiel 18:1
If you grew up in a small town or a tight ethnic community in a city, you may know someone who suffered from the wrath of a parent’s bad behavior. In my small town in Iowa, most everyone either knew you or about your family. Some of my friends came from a dysfunctional family or had a parent who drank too much, or couldn’t hold down a job, and caused their family to suffer in silence.
I admire my friends who put a healthy shield of protection between what people thought of their family life and found their own identity. Most of these kids have excelled beyond anyone’s wildest imagine. Many still live in the same town as solid citizens, have good marriages, and raised children–proud to introduce to their friends.
God tells us we aren’t responsible for a parent’s bad behavior. And, remember, they made their choices without your input.
Dear God, thank you for words that encourage everyone to seek their own identity. Amen.