There was a day I walked into the office of a Professor in my university days. When I introduced myself, he remembered my Grandfather who was his supervisor in his postgraduate days. Well! That door was left open for me because of the impact of my Grandfather in the life of a man.

One thing you must understand is this – Your decisions can be personal but the impact is always generational.

In the negative, there is a great man who makes this so real. His name is Gideon. Gideon was called from hiding to lead the nation of Israel to freedom from the marauding Midianites.

After the victory, there was a little summary of His family life:

He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives. He also had a concubine in Shechem, who gave birth to a son, whom he named Abimelech.
Judges 8:30‭-‬31 NLT

After his death, Abimelech, the product of his fling killed his half-brothers in one day. Only one escaped.

“He went to his father’s home at Ophrah, and there, on one stone, they killed all seventy of his half brothers, the sons of Gideon. But the youngest brother, Jotham, escaped and hid.”
Judges 9:5 NLT

Do not let your quest for pleasure become the reason why generations after you will stay in pains. Some pains today are a product of the unguided lifestyle of fathers who should have been more responsible.

On the flip side, there are decisions made by fathers that has delivered sons from misery. Jonathan’s decision to love David despite the hatred of Saul, his own Father left a door open for Mephibosheth.

One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2 Samuel 9:1 NLT

Weigh your actions today?
What will it leave for the next generation- Pain or Progress?

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