They say where you come from impacts who you are as a person, every day. So, as a parent, what if you came from a home where you didn’t have the best of parents? You may not have had the best examples yourself, of what and how, to be a loving parent.
It can be far too easy to remember the bad and negative stuff, than it can be, to remember the good. As much as a challenge that is, it’s important that you don’t sift out that good part of your life growing up, just because the bad may be so overwhelming.
No person is perfect. No parent is perfect. Your parents probably made loads of mistakes while raising you. Some may have even delegated the raising of you to someone else, and that could have really hurt you, or it could have been the best blessing in your life possible. Whatever your situation, don’t allow Satan to define your heritage for you. Don’t let him define you! Your parents’ weaknesses and strongholds don’t have to be yours. Strive to embrace whatever good you can remember about your childhood and let those thoughts, memories, and feelings reside in your heart. You can’t erase your past altogether. If you try, you will only be denying yourself an important piece of who you are. You can heal your heart for your families’ health and sake, and then set about defining who you want to be, as a person, and as a parent.
Your children may ask you about your past. Children are naturally curious and they want to know everything there is to know about family and where they come from. You will have to decide ahead of time, how you want to tackle these questions. Simply waving them aside won’t squelch them… for they will come again. If you take the time to deal with your past, with the Lord ahead of time, maybe you can be prepared to be honest about the ugly stuff while still finding something good and positive to share about your history. You can be such a great example for your children, of finding something good in the bad – and you can change the color and perspective that your children have of their heritage.
Today is the day you can make a change and a difference. God tells us that if we follow Him and are faithful and obedient children, that He can bless a whole generation following us! What a beautiful goal.
You are who you are – whether or not you wish your growing-up-years could have been different. And God can take those hurtful and painful feelings and memories, and turn them around inside of you. He can use them, and use you, in a way that only God can do. If you try to erase everything, you may be shutting out powerful ministry opportunities that God may have in mind for your life.
No one ever said that parents have to know it all. We are all still learning as we go. So as you learn how to take the good from your past, filter out the bad, and incorporate a positive heritage and environment for your family - know that God is right there with you – cheering you on every step of the way.