It’s Time to Reconsider Generational Impact

legacy lessons Published on July 18, 2022

When we consider the idea of family, the idea of generational impact should be a bigger topic.

Typically, we tend to think about having kids, raising them, getting them to soccer practice, navigating school, and paying for college. We hope to enjoy grandkids too.

But we usually don’t think about how our parenting affects generations ahead.

Consider this illustration from the life of King Solomon: Solomon was reported to be one of the all-time wealthiest men in the world. Some have estimated his wealth, in modern-day terms, to be in the trillions of dollars.

But that wealth came at a cost. Solomon entered into many marriage alliances. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines! In the moment, Solomon’s marriages might have seemed wise, even fun, but how did this impact his children?

His son Rehoboam, who succeeded him as king, had 18 wives and 60 concubines. Rehoboam’s son, Abijah, reigned after him and had 14 wives himself.

Like father, like son. For three generations!

Let’s face it — we learn from our elders.

Generational impact requires a different type of long-term thinking. The decisions we make today will impact future generations far more than we think.

If we truly parented with future generations in mind, how do you think this would impact you?

“The decisions we make today will impact future generations far more than we think.”

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