The knowledge, appreciation and communication of family histories can give us a number of benefits as persons, families, and communities. Family history is beyond who’s and when’s and where’s?it can be a potent cure for unfavorable life experiences that we deal with today, widening our understanding of the person inside us and inspiring us to enrich our roots for future generations.
Knowledge of our cultural beginnings and ancestry can help us form a firm awareness of who we really are. The manner in which we relate to our family stories and draw up our own narratives about ourselves helps define us.
Having relationships with our family – then, now and tomorrow – can feed an innate desire in us. Human beings want attachment and belonging. The more we uncover about our ancestors, the stronger we feel connected to them. As we write our own history, we create an opportunity for tomorrow’s generations to track their ties with us when we are no longer here.
Knowing the history of our forefathers gives us a better understanding of the challenges they went through, and usually, this leads us to have greater love and compassion for their imperfections. This can readily manifest in how we deal with our living family. We all deal with our own problems. Remembering this in the context of other people’s flaws simply makes us better human beings.
Strength of Character
To know our family roots is to establish resilience. In going over the lives of our ancestors, we can spot cycles of rising above failures and tough times. Their lives remind us that life will not always be as simple as we want, that disappointments and oppression exist, but that we can weather them through and find happiness notwithstanding the hardships.
We are strengthened by our family history and relationships. As we explore into our own family histories, we will discover both personal as well as societal events occurring. Thinking about the immensity of mankind as we read about the Lord’s hand in our ancestors’ lives, tells us of His true love for all of us on a personal level. We are worth so great in His eyes. His love and knowledge of us is beyond measure and transcends time.
Indeed, our family tree is so much more than names and birthdates and all. It’s about what makes us who we are. It’s about people to whom we feel strongly attached. Those who lived and sacrificed and triumphed. It’s about each and every one of us. If not for our family history, we would not even be here – literally.