Impacting The Next Generation

Impacting The Next Generation
Let this be written for a future generation,
    that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
~Psalm 102:18 NIV

Yesterday we celebrated Family Day in Canada.  I’ve got to say, it was a weird one for this girl.

FAMILY DAY

Todd and Sherry photo boothThis Family Day was the first time we weren’t able to coordinate getting together with any of our kids since none of them live within two and a half hours from us and one is in another country. I was super thankful we got to end out the day with a Facetime visit and see my son Brandon and his beautiful girlfriend Niall but during the day I was really glad we helped at our church’s Family Day event, so I was distracted from missing my family.

Todd and I ran the photo booth and took pictures of kids and their parents all day long. Most were families with young children but there was this adorable married husband and wife in their eighties who wanted to get couples’ photos. Throughout that day I took photos of their son, who brought his neighbor to the event. I know the family because at our church there’s more of their kids, a few of their grandchildren and even some great-grandchildren. As I thought about it, this couple was still impacting the next generation!

While we celebrated Family Day in Canada, American friends honored Presidents Day. I know it may seem a stretch but hear me out; I feel these two holidays have more in common than you might at first recognize and I believe they have a deep connection to this week’s Soul H2O verse.

Clearly, God cares about family and He cares about impacting the next generation. Multiple verses echo the sentiment that God wants to show his love, mercy, grace, compassion, and salvation to every generation.  I encourage you to read through some of these verses listed in today’s Drawing From The Well section below.

To help create this impact, Family Day was started in Ontario the year my son went to University.  Its purpose is to give Canadians more time away from work, so they can invest in their family relationships; something that will have lasting effects on future generations.

Presidents Day is observed near the time of George Washington’s birthday; United States’ first president. He from 1789-1797, a mere eight years of the nation’s 243-year history. Washington’s leadership accounts for only 3% of the country’s governance yet the narrative of his final address, which is still read in the United States Senate, influences the country today.

Impacting The Next Generation

My desire is that what I write causes future generations, a people not yet born to praise the Lord! God’s desire is that the impact of His life in ours would be found impacting the next generation, the generation after that, and the generation after that…

Just like George Washington can’t be here to speak with his fellow Americans, we won’t always be able to talk to our family members.  Distance may hinder and death will eventually halt our Facetime with family, but I’m encouraged as I learn how Washington’s Farewell Address was read aloud in the Senate yesterday.  Washington’s life is still impacting the next generation.  It’s God’s desire that you would live a life, impacting the next generation; regardless of whether or not you get to spend Family Day with your kids!

Prayer

Father…I’m so thankful for Your impact in my life.  I wouldn’t be who I am without your love, mercy, grace, compassion, and salvation. The blessing of your faithfulness to what You’ve promised keeps my heart secure and builds a longing in my heart to share that with others.  I want them to know the difference You make in my life and could in theirs.  Please help me to be found always impacting the next generation. In Jesus Name…Amen.

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Drawing From The Well

  1. Psalm 102:18
  2. Exodus 20:6/Deuteronomy 5:10
  3. Luke 1:50
  4. Psalm 105:8

Comments(4)

  1. Lesley says

    I’m in the UK so I didn’t know about either of these holidays, but impacting the next generation for God is so important. I like how you identify that common theme.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Lesley,
      It’s amazing how similar and yet different we can all be. Now I’m going to have to see what holidays you have in the UK we don’t have here????
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. Jo Lynn says

    I like the idea of Family Day. I’m sad I didn’t know about it before. And impacting the next generation is certainly important to this homeschool mom. I hope to create a heritage for my family.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Jo Lynn,

      With a heart like yours I’m sure you’re impacting the next generation in profound ways! Also… I love your middle name! I have the same one 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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