“We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents; we’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people.” Psalm 106:6
I’ve heard of people who have tried to escape the reputation of their parents. My parents didn’t give me anything to run and hide from. They taught us right from wrong and to work hard to get what we wanted and needed.
I admired my father for how smart he was for someone with only a seventh-grade education. He got on-the-job training on the farm–something common in the early 1900’s. If any of us kids got too big for our britches, he would remind us that just because we passed him in grade level, he was still smarter than we were.
Dad never pushed us or encouraged us to get a higher education, and yet he understood that we can’t live our lives out as our parents had. Our children can’t live in our footsteps, either.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us insight to take the good things we’ve learned from our parents and leave anything behind that won’t help us in our life. Amen.