When we think of our family tree, we think of who we came from and those connected to us. Our roots, if you will. Who will we become from this family tree of ours?
Have you ever met someone who blamed their lack of “doing something with their life” on their family tree? Or maybe you’ve met someone who gave credit for what they’ve done or who they’ve become on their family tree?
I once heard a story of two men who were identical twins. They shared virtually everything growing up. They were raised the same, had the same opportunities and the same adversities in their formative years. Finally, they grew up and started making their own choices. One became an alcoholic and one became a medical doctor. They were interviewed late in life by someone studying twins. Each one was asked, “What made you become X?” The alcoholic said, “My father was an alcoholic so I didn’t really have a choice but to become an alcoholic.” The doctor said, “My father was an alcoholic so I chose to become a doctor in hopes of finding a cure for alcoholism so others would not have to live like I did growing up.”
You see, the choice is yours. How do you want to be remembered? If your life right now is not how you want to be remembered, change it. You can! We often hear cliche’s like, “The apple doesn’t fall from the tree.” And that is often true, but it doesn’t have to be. Maybe you have a great tree and want to stay close to your roots. Maybe you wish you were from a different tree and want nothing more than to be anything except like your tree. Either way, you can. The choice is yours.
We are all accountable for ourselves. Each of us will one day stand before a holy God and we will be without excuse. Our actions and our inactions will be called into account. In other words, we will give an account for everything we did and/or should have done. Our family is not responsible, we are. Society is not responsible, we are.
So choose. “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
Family trees. We all have one. Do you want to continue that legacy, build upon it or start your own. Choose. You can! And as for the legacy, well, we all leave one.