We live in a time where family names are not revered as they once were. When I was in graduate school one of the things that I was taught was how to do a genogram. A genogram is a graphic representation of a family tree that shows you the personal interactions of generations within a family. It gives you and your doctor an objective opportunity to look at your family of origin and see everyone in the lineage of your blood line. Additionally you will be able to see relational, physical, spiritual and other patterns that could help you in your present day situation.
Genograms can give you insight into significant people and events in your life. They can also help you see patterns of behavior, personality traits or family conflicts that have traveled down from generations to the present day. Gaining insight is the first step towards growth. Choosing to act is entirely up too you.
Knowing the history of your family can be helpful as we’ve seen it can give you important medical information. It can also help you learn more about who you are. Did your ancestors struggle for their religious freedom? How was your family involved in the church’s history? What role did the men and women in your family play? Can you trace your ancestry all the way back to the first person who became a Christian?
Many people have found inspiration and a sense of family pride when looking at the hardships that their family endured. However, regardless of the choices that your forefathers made – I want to encourage you to view them through the “lens of learning.” See them for what they are – learn – and grow. God’s word is very clear “to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:24.
Thank the Lord for the blessings that He has given you and for His unwavering faithfulness. Determine to be a person who brings honor to your family name and leave a legacy – a heritage that others will remember as the warm, inviting love that comes through intimately knowing our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Dr. Christy 🙂