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I am part of a much larger family. When I was in school, I had a genealogy assignment that was fascinating -- I delved into the family archives, discovering some very interesting people that I was related to, including the first governor-general of Jamaica. It's a helpful reminder that I stand in a long line of tradition, and there will (hopefully!) be a long line that comes after me -- it's not just all about me.
As Christians, we're also part of a much larger family of faith. Many have come before us and paved the way, establishing church communities and building traditions that are still in place. Whatever turbulence we experience now has likely been experienced before, and we are part of something that will stand the test of time. Many will come after you, and by choosing to worship Jesus Christ, you are joining a family of faith that stretches across geographies and ages, adding your name to the long list of faithful servants. This is why it's so important to invest in those older and younger than you -- for we all serve together and are one family of faith.
If you ever get overwhelmed by the pressures of life, remember that you are part of something eternal. The church's mission isn't only in the here and now -- it carries forward for generations to come, and our efforts are part of something much larger. You are valued, individually and uniquely, and your life contributes to something wondrous that transcends this time and space. Your faith, your life, points beyond you and joins a mighty chorus!