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Dennis Rainey

Pass It On

August 4, 2017
00:00 1:30

A magazine editor named Gilbert Beers, once wrote about one of his ancestors and the legacy she left.  She was captured by a tribe of Indians in 1663, and was about to be burned at the stake, when she began to sing hymns to God.  Her husband heard her singing, was able to find her in the middle of the forrest and rescue her.  Had she not sung in the face of death, Gilbert's family would have never existed.

That story illustrates a profound truth:  By honoring your parents and ancestors for their positive contributions in your life, you highlight the legacy of their lives.  In doing so, you pass on to succeeding generations stories of lessons learned and wisdom gathered. 

One final thought.  How you relate to your parents and speak about them today, can demonstrate for your children a powerful statement of love.  It also allows the wisdom of one generation to pass to the next.

I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real Family Life.

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Dennis Rainey is a best-selling author, dynamic speaker, and cofounder of FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Under his leadership, FamilyLife grew to help marriages and families survive and thrive in more than 109 countries. Together he and his wife, Barbara, have spoken at over 150 FamilyLife Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways and authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He is also the original daily host of the three-time award-winning radio program FamilyLife Today®. He and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. The Raineys still serve with Cru. You can follow their work at

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