My grandfather was a mailman. He could only afford to send one of his three children to college. He decided to send his oldest son (my Uncle Norm), which left my father with the military as a way of gaining an engineering education (a method-by the way-that my father will tell you proved quite fruitful!).
My father then worked and saved through multiple business adventures (and failures) to eventually build a business where he designed and patented many products for the oil industry.
Upon my grandfather’s death, he left a sum of $5000 for my future education. A mailman throughout the 1920’s and eventually a small business owner with a bakery, managed to save $5000, one nickel at a time, for the future education of his seven-year-old granddaughter. That is a man with a heart for the future generations to come after him. That is love and sacrifice.
In his later years, he surely would have been within his rights to take that money and have a nice vacation all around the globe (this was 1979…$5000 could buy you a cadillac!), but instead he thought of me. I am honored. I was blessed. My father worked hard and added to that sum which eventually was used for my college education. This was an education my grandfather was not even able to provide for his own daughter.
In Jeremiah 32, we find the Lord assuring Jeremiah that even though the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, God was still thinking about the future generations of Hebrews. They would return to this soon to be destroyed city and rebuild it! Read the chapter. Look up commentaries on this section of scripture, and then reflect:
How are we building the future of our families – even generations down the road?
My grandfather walked many miles as a mailman…woke up many mornings at 3am to begin baking bread…all the while saving for the future education of a little girl who had not even been concieved. Saving for an education, the likes of which he was not even able to give to each of his own children.
Dare to dream bigger for those who have yet to even be a thought in our future family trees.
Begin to walk in a way that will affect their future choices as an example to them. Rise up early and pray for them. I am living proof that generationally, blessings only multiply. How good and how great our God is!
Photography courtesy of Brian Schindler