Just a Word: Generations

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Generation: just a word.

Generation: a period of time, 25-30 years, roughly corresponding to the age of parents when their children are born. Producing or being produced.

Generations (plural): not just now for our children, but for our children’s children, and for their children to come. TFV is committed to generations. What we do today will impact our children, grandchildren, great- and even great-great-grandchildren. Forward thinking is required. The difficulties of today are not to be compared to the hope and joy of tomorrow.

Generations: looking backward. Who were your ancestors? What did they do? Do you have pictures of them? Do you ever think about your lineage? Generations is not about now; it is about past, present and future. Point backward, point upward, and point outward. We are the people and the space in time for 100 years or more in the future.

Generations: producing or being produced. Thinking of who I am, what I am, who will follow me, and whether I can be followed—difficult questions for sure. Yet today, we are each producing. We are producing fruit, offspring, progeny, legacy—pointing to eternity. Through faith in Jesus, I want to produce, in my small way, generations that will be strong in faith, strong in compassion and strong in family. Generations!

Today, commit to living a legacy life for multi-generations.

John Thrower
The Family Vision

Just a Word: Equipping

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Equipping: just a word.

Equipping: providing what is needed to carry out a particular purpose or function.

Equipping is providing the necessary materials or skills to achieve a greater purpose. At TFV we are committed to providing books and DVDs and other materials to help one to be equipped in standing for God’s truth and going forward in helping others know God’s truth.

Equipping is more than just providing tools. It is also casting a vision for a greater work. Each of us is unique. We have different likes, personality and skills. The folks I connect with are different than the ones you connect with. Even then, I want to equip myself and others with a dream of a greater tomorrow based on God’s plan for each of us.

Equipping understands. We are a multifaceted community. We do not all think the same (I am glad for that). We do not all look the same (happier for that 🙂 ). We experience conflict and we experience oneness. In all of this we are equipping ourselves to reach into another’s life by being equipped with the preparation of the life changing Gospel.

Today, carry out the equipping you are gifted with. Help someone to fulfill their purpose in God’s world.

 

John Thrower

The Family Vision

Just a Word: Faithfully

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Faithfully: just a word.

Faithfully:  trust, confidence, steadfastness. To remain loyal to truth.

Faithfully is gaining trust. The trustworthiness of our actions gives us the opportunity to present confidence in truth. Faithfully is never wavering. It is being who we are and what we are in all situations.

Faithfully is being steadfast. The waves of disappointment, discouragement, and distress will pummel us. Jesus gave us the example of a house built on a rock and another built on sand. The one on sand failed and was destroyed. It was not faithfully built. The one on the rock withstood the violent storm and wind. It was built faithfully on a solid rock. It withstood the storm—not because of the house structure, but because of the steadfast rock.

Faithfully is loyalty. Do you know a loyal friend? If you do, you have someone who will faithfully stand with you. Loyalty is a quality to possess. In marriage, faithfully committing for life is expressing loyalty. Loyalty to truth means to be a faithful friend, parent and spouse. Focus on living faithfully to those in your life.  You will be glad you did.

John Thrower
The Family Vision

Just a Word: Vision

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Vision. Just a word. Vision: the ability to see; foresight, imagining how things should be; something that is beautiful.

Vision is the ability to see what is before you now. It is the reality of life and of that which causes us to act. When you see the way before you clearly, you have unlimited vision. When you cannot see the car next to you on the highway, your field of vision is limited or impeded. In both cases the vision is now. How we see it is what matters.

Vision is foresight: looking down the road to a place you cannot see. You know there is a destination, but it is in the future—maybe just a minute, half an hour, or even thirty years down the road. Foresight is the way we live our lives. We do not see the end, but we see the way we want to go. We raise our children with foresight, a vision of where we want them to be in five years, ten or twenty years. Planning, plodding, and praying—still with foresight. God directs our path, yet our vision allows us to see His path.

Vision is beauty. Today I can experience the beauty of colors, of grandeur, of complexity or simplicity—still it is beauty. Our life is filled with beauty. A blooming bush is beauty, a flowering tree is beauty, a faded leaf of autumn is beauty, and the barrenness of winter is beauty. How we use our heart, mind and soul determines our vision.

John Thrower
The Family Vision

Just a Word: Family

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Family. It’s just a word. However, this word invokes so many emotions and feelings, and evokes legacy.

Family is an emotion: a connection to others that brings us together in good times and in hard times. The emotion of family can bring tears of joy and sorrow. It can be the laughter from the deepness of your soul or tears from loss of a loved one or a relationship.

Family is a feeling of warmth like a hot apple pie in the fall. It is that special feeling of your mom stroking your head when you had a fever. Your dad telling you he is proud of you. It is a grandparent giving you a wink as they pass you an extra cookie. Family is your siblings pushing you around, but always covering your back. The feeling of family is a desire to reach into the heart and soul of others—not for yourself, but for them. Family brings strength, honor and reconciliation.

Family is a legacy: the stories of ancient youth, the encouragement to succeed above the struggles of your elders, the hope of a bright future because of the path the family has paved. Legacy is looking through the family Bible and seeing the births, deaths and marriages. A family legacy is looking at the faded pictures of long departed people you never knew. Still, they had a name, they loved and toiled and provided for you to be a family. Someday, you will be a faded picture. Your memory may be dusty but, someday, someone will mention your name because you were family.

John Thrower
The Family Vision