May 26, 2008

Café Chat: Generational Blessing

This week's Café Chat topic is "What is a positive tradition or godly character trait that you learned from your extended family that you hope to pass down to your own family?"

My husband and I are blessed to have a godly heritage from both of our families. I had a very godly grandfather who had a positive impact on me. One of the character traits that he passed down and that I hope to pass down to my family is his work ethic. He was always a hard, cheerful worker; he truly worked as unto the Lord. My mom is exactly the same way, and my dad and my husband's family are also very hard workers.

Although he worked hard, my grandfather also played hard. Early in our marriage, my husband and I were at my grandparent's home for a visit and a mountain bike excursion in a nearby town. My 70-something year-old grandpa decided that he wanted to try out Rob's bike; he went to get on and jumped right over it to the other side. Not at all deterred, he climbed back on and proceeded to ride down his long, winding gravel driveway. A couple of months later, he bought his own mountain bike.

My mom definitely "inherited" both of these traits, and my husband is quite a bit like my grandpa in these character aspects. We hope to pass down the ability to work and play hard to our family (so far, the kids have the "playing hard" part down). It may seem strange that I chose such dichotomous traits, but I tend to work hard without play, so the balance is important to me.

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