Risin’ Above Your Raisin’

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God blesses His children. He wants His children to bless their children, too. You are blessing yours.

At the last church where Ray was the preacher, I got to know a woman who was a schoolteacher. I’ll call her Susan. Susan had been reared in a poor family, but had worked hard and gotten her degree in education. Later she also got her master’s degree.

Susan once told me about the conversation she had with her father about her master’s. Like all daughters, she wanted her father to be proud of her, but when she told him about her degree, he warned her about “risin’ about her raisin’.” I was dumbfounded. Who would not want their children to rise above what they had known as children?

I hope my children love God more than their mama and daddy love Him. I hope they are better parents than we are. I hope they spend their lives doing exactly what God wants them to do.

My children are already rising above their rearing. Every time they do I cheer. Every time they do I feel grateful to the God Who is able to teach them far more than I ever could.

Abraham believed God’s promise that He would do mighty things for his descendants. I believe that for mine, too — and for yours.

And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Genesis 12:2-3

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