Your actions - of course - speak louder than words but it's not just about the here and now. It's not even about the next 10 or 15 years. It’s way bigger than that.
Actions speak louder than words, but you are going to have some actions that will echo into the next generation of your future family whether you are intentional about it or not. The scriptures would suggest that we can make decisions now that will allow us to influence how the next generation of family lives out the decisions of their lives. If this is true - that our children will echo our lives into the lives of the next generation, how then should we live?
We are who we are because of the PEOPLE who came before us.
You are somebody’s PREVIOUS generation.
You have a FUTURE family and you are currently making a MARK on that family, whether you intend to or not.
1. The Story You KNOW (Genesis chapters 37-46)
But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.
- Genesis 39:21
So Jacob’s sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well. Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground. Joseph recognized his brothers instantly…
- Genesis 42:5-7
2. The backstory CONNECTION you might have missed (Genesis Chapters 25-33)
From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing. And Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning my father’s death. Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.”
Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”
1Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. 2 He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him (Esau). 4Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept. 5Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, “Who are these people with you?” “These are the children God has graciously given to me, your servant,” Jacob replied. 6 Then the servant wives came forward with their children and bowed before him. 7 Next came Leah with her children, and they bowed before him. Finally, Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed before him.
Actions don’t merely SPEAK louder that words, sometimes they ECHO in to the next generation
And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.
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