The Generations of the Upright Will be Blessed!

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Destiny and Duja Dove

 

Justin Dove and his wife, Courtney, brought their two children to my 32nd Annual Pastor’s Memorial Day Bike Ride. The young daughters look like they are under three years of age and their parents put them in a “Jogger” carrier unit that attached to a bike. With rest stops, the entire bike ride was over 16 miles. As we gathered at the beginning of the “Bike Ride”, I asked all 81 participants to introduce themselves. When it was Justin’s turn, he mentioned that he had participated in the Bike Ride since he was a little boy. It dawned upon me that Justin’s children represent the next generation of persons to participate in my little tradition.

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Courtney Dove, center, grandfather, Delano Dove, right, Mike Daniels, left

 

If anything is to last and grow in life, it must be shared with the generations to come. So often in life, things end when the great ones who established progress pass on. One of the greatest things you and I can do is to build platforms and systems that our children can expand and take to even higher levels.

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Justin Dove, left, Mike Daniels on the right

 

In Psalm 112, David talks about how happy are those who fear the Lord, who “Delight in his commandments” and that their “descendants will be mighty in the land.”   Somewhere, at the back or front of our minds, you and I should always give thought to the generations that will follow us. What we do today lays the foundation for years to come. This is true in every aspect of life. Our financial foundation, emotional foundation and spiritual foundation is the start point for the future generations that will come behind us. My question to you is this, “What foundation are you building for those who will follow you?”

Psalm 112: 1 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. 2     Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts regarding the blessings of God being passed down through the generations?
  2. What are the responsibilities of the current generation to ensure that the blessings of God will be shared with future generations?

Prayer: Lord, make me a good steward of the blessings you have showered upon me. Make me observant and diligent as I seek to follow your word. Bless my children, that they might fear you and follow you in all they say and do. Bless the generations that will follow me, that they might learn from my mistakes, build upon my success, and live lives of faithful service to you.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 112:1–2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.