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Generation To Generation
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In John 5:19-20 NLT Jesus explained, �The Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works�.
Ronald Regan once said, �Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known�.
A generation is a stage or degree in a succession of natural descent as a grandfather, a father, and a father�s son comprise three generations. Additionally, a generation can refer to stages of successive improvement. Like President Regan said we will have opportunities beyond anything we have ever known if we stand on the generation before us to improve. However, not only do we have to stand on the generation before ours but we must give the next generation a solid foundation to stand on. That is our responsibility.
In Luke 6:48 NLT Jesus says, �It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.
The artist believes that not only do we have to help build a solid foundation for the next generation to stand on, but we must be a solid foundation to stand on. We do this by reaching back to the proceeding generation and bringing forth the good to the next generation. Yes, we are currently in that unique position, the bridge from one generation to the next and we must consider the generation that came before us and the generation that comes after us. If we fail at this responsibility, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, �We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the harsh words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people�. It�s up to you and this is the inspiration for my painting �Generation to Generation�, simple and straight to the point, but magnifying � think about it.
November 21st, 2010
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