If you've followed me long, you know I have spent extensive time growing through counseling. And of all the things I learned, one piece really struck my heart.
We are how we were raised.
Therapists call this our “family of origin”. It's the study of how our families hand down brokenness from generation to generation. When a mother struggles with an eating disorder and unknowingly mocks her four-year-old for eating carbs or when a father can't show love to his son because it was never shown to him.
Personally, I call this generational sin. It creeps down through our family trees like a wave of destruction. It's pain that we carry into our marriages and into our children and into their children.
Unless we break it.
My wife and I agreed to spearhead this in our marriage. To restore the brokenness. To unlearn our wounds and relearn a healthier way. We want our daughter to escape parts of our story and the story of our parents and their parents.
But it's difficult.
We must closely monitor our words and our habits and our character. We must give something we don't really know. We must pray for repair and recovery.
The video below is an exact presentation of how powerful generational sin truly is. Let us not be ignorant in its power any longer. Let us be parents and leaders and mentors who shield our children from such damage.
Have you inherited something from your parents? Have you handed something down to your children? Let me know in the comments below.
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