“…for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:5-6
Many times we think that the decisions we make will only affect us. This is clearly not true. God states specifically here that our actions will have ramifications for generations to come, whether good or bad.
The scary part of this is that your children’s children could potentially reap the negative consequences of your poor choices. However, the good news is that you can pave the way for your descendants before they’re even born by establishing healthy patterns in life and choosing to honor God in EVERYTHING you do. It is scientifically proven that your thought processes affect what is encoded into your DNA and thus passed on to your children.
Parents have an enormous responsibility to establish a pure foundation for their children to grow on and learn from. Eventually your children will build their own foundations, and then they will have the opportunity to change the mix up a bit, but they will still resemble the character traits you are developing in yourself even right now. If you keep your focus on God, and teach your children to do the same, you will be exponentially impacting your family for the coming generations by keeping the commandments of God.
Everything you do right now makes a difference in the future of your family, and consequently in the future of this world.
A resource we have found to be incredibly helpful for dads seeking to pass on an example of purity to their children is Preparing Your Son for Every Man’s Battle by Fred Stoeker.
For parents of girls, we recommend Beautifully Made! by Julie Hiramine.
Passport 2 Purity by Dennis and Barbara Rainey is also awesome for girls and boys. Plus, it has a refill pack for multiple children.