FROM THE PULPIT: Two families, different outcomes

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 09:36 AM.

Fascinating, isn’t it, that two people, born in the same period, have very different outcomes to their lives and the lives of their descendants.

Often, people will hear of situations like the Jukeses’ and say, "Oh, they were brought up in a terrible environment. They had no choice in the matter."

They will say the same thing about people like the Edwardses: "Oh, they were brought up in a loving and caring environment. They were only living what they learned."

True. People do tend to live what they learn. Examples with the deepest impact come from parents and older family members. If parents live a life of wickedness, children will see and follow this.

Likewise, if parents are loving and demonstrate mutual respect and trust.

Kids mimic and perpetuate what they observe and learn. And it will go on for generations.

What are you teaching your children or grandchildren?

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