Going Back: Understanding How Our Families and Past Shapes Us

Going Back. Understanding Our Families and Past Shapes Us

All of us have a family. Whether you know your biological family or if you don’t know them; whether your family is living or alive; we all have family. We have family that shaped us growing up and we have the family that we’re currently shaping today.

What we have to embrace is that God choose to bring us in a particular family, in a particular place, at a particular moment in history. This gives us a lot of blessings, opportunities, and gifts.

What are some blessings, opportunities, or gifts that you received from your family that you are thankful for?


God designed families to have a critical impact in our lives.

However, many of the families that we are born in hand us down emotional or spiritual baggage. For some of us this baggage is really small and it doesn’t play a big part in our life. For others of us, this baggage is so heavy, so much of a burden on us, we think that this is the way life has to be lived.

Our families have the strong potential to bless us, but family also can pass down severe generational sins and unhealthy habits. As we talk about living an emotionally healthy life, a strong component has to be looking at our family dynamics.

To dive further into this topic, watch my latest teaching video on “Going Back: Understanding How Our Families and Past Shapes Us.”

To listen to just the audio of this teaching, please click here.

Cleaning Out the Junk

Today at work I decided to take a very scary journey…..down to our basement. The basement is where we keep things we don’t want to deal with: old files, receipts, random paperwork, fixtures, and anything we can’t find a place for. Before I arrived a little over 3 years ago, the basement had some old files. But as I began organizing the office, I started putting stuff down there that wasn’t necessary for the day-to-day operations. But since we are moving offices in a few weeks, I had to tackle this mess. So I grabbed two staff members and we ventured down to the basement.

The trip down to the basement is never pleasant for anyone: it’s dark, cold, quiet, and smelly. We spend a few hours going through stuff that needed to be organized, needed to be thrown away, and needed to be moved with us to our new offices. None of us liked this experience because we left tired, dirty, and overwhelmed. But what I do know is that when we move in a few weeks, it will all be worth it that we cleaned out the junk so early.

We all have our personal junk in our lives. We are not perfect people and with all of us, there is something emotional or spiritual that is potentially lurking underneath the surface. It is how we deal with the junk in our lives that determine our spiritual health.

Luke 12:3 says, “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”

If I want to be the man that Christ calls me to be, I have to be aware of the inner junk in my life. It’s not pretty, clean, or easy. But the end result is so better.


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