You will probably find heroes and villains if you look hard enough.No matter. I obtain a heritage to be lived up to by the one, but gain no
glory vicariously.By the other I learn from their mistakes and am
protected from false pride. Even Jesus had some sad tales of villainy in the
history of his family. Who has not?
We live by the motto: Ancestors are the People of History. We know that the
truths of their lives, their legacy to us, can only be applied as we turn our
hearts to our fathers and seek them out; and then be learned from discovering
and studying their lives and place in history. Instead of relying on family
tradition, celebrity and popularly written history, textbook interpretations,
political correctness, or media analysis and commentary, we know we should do as
we have been counseled: identify and document our own family tree. With such
documentation will come much needed truth in the stories of our ancestors and
the knowledge about history that we can apply and use today to make a better
future for tomorrow.
You know what drives me crazy? it is in Sunday school people telling you to only
write in our journals about faith promoting experiences. Humbug!! we should be
writing in our true voice and say what is going through our minds at that
moment. Otherwise all of our blood is drained out of our prose. Do we use
journals as a way to frame our momentary problems or do we even lie to our
journals that everything is wonderful when in fact it's not?