NEW WEEK NEW FACE – BLANCA GARCIA
Growing up I lost count how many times I heard this phrase from my mom, “Yo te tuve cuando tenia 39. (I had you when I was 39.)”
I have been analyzing lately how different my 39 looks: she was a new mom, I am an empty-nester.
She was single, I am married.
She was facing the world with limited English, I am fluently bilingual.
She had to leave school prematurely, I was able to have a have a few graduations in my lifetime.
I can say that my mom gave me the best she had to offer and God honored her.
As an adult child, comparing yourself to your parents is natural, especially during milestones. Even as parents we look upon our children and think back to what life was like at that age.
The stories (and the humorous exaggerations) begin to roll out, “When I was your age…”
I find the cycles of life intriguing. When iPhones increase in a generation they get better. Apple shares the idea, get people pumped, the unveiling happens, people stand on long lines and walk away with something better than they had before.
That happens in life from generation to generation. We share our wisdom from past mistakes, grateful praises ensue and people walk away with tools to create something better than they had before. Right?
I have been reading the Bible chronologically for the first time in my life and I am enjoying it in a way that I have not ever before. In 1997 I was a new follower of Jesus. I started reading it in a way that is quite common, with enthusiasm and on page one. Then eventually, I arrived at Leviticus, Numbers, what the….! Ugh. I may or may not have skipped to Psalms, Proverbs, then dropped back into the New Testament to the Jesus I first heard about. Ok, don’t play, you know what I’m talkin’ about.
Fast forward almost two decades. I made it through Numbers and into the history of the kings of Israel. It astounds me that a king who honors God and does the right thing can be followed by a king that lives it up in the most corrupt way and vice versa. I guess they were not improving with each passing generation like the iPhone.
How many of us have learned from our parents’ mistakes? Our leaders’ mistakes? How many of us actually think to study the generation before us beyond the obligated history lessons in school?
I recently heard about Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It reintroduces us to 18th century American history through hip-hop. So unexpected and this is why it blows me away. Musicals are not my thing but I would definitely check this one out. Besides, I can respect a man who keeps the name “Lin-Manuel” and makes it cool. Maybe it’s the Boricua way.
It makes me wonder what Miranda’s father/son comparison looks like? Did his father ever imagine what his little Lin-Manuel would grow up to be?
We have been equipped by God to do better than the generation before us. How many times does the Everlasting Father have to communicate the same thing in different ways before we get it? Yet He is so good and so full of hope, He continues.
What is your history lesson take-away from your own family tree? How does it affect the way you live? Can you see the hand print of God in every generation?
As I examine my family and my own journey, here we are, 39. (I secretly get annoyed when people ask me how old I am. Is it because a woman traditionally should never be asked her age? Nah. It is because you are making me do the math. Once I reached 21 I stopped counting. Once my sweet husband tricked me into thinking I was a year older than I actually was. Ay qué funny.)
At 39 my mom was nurturing a new born baby. I joke with my husband, “What if, after all these years of trying to conceive, God, in a moment of divine humor, gave us another baby?” I can feel some readers cringing. For us, it would be a delight.
At 78 for the first time that I know of, my mom is enjoying reading books other than the Bible, while at 39 I enjoy developing my writing.
As you look on the generation that came before you, are you part of the generation that made improvements or the generation that fell short? Is God calling you to something completely outside of your family’s expectation of you?
God is a Redeemer. That means He can turn a mess into something amazing. Be brave. Even the smallest effort to reach out to Him does not go unnoticed. Whatever your step of faith looks like, do it now, it honors your Creator.
I leave you with this quote:
“It’s better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others.” Lecrae.
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