Recently I watched a TV show on NBC called “Who Do You Think You Are?“. This was the first time I had seen the show. The show features a celebrity guest who wants to know more about where they came from… a journey to know more about their family tree.
From the NBC -Who Do You Think You Are? website:
“…follows some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees….The search is one of surprising and deeply emotional encounters, resulting in one of the most compelling reality formats of recent years. During each episode, viewers will be taken on a personal and often mysterious quest following some of America’s best-known celebrities into their ancestral pasts, as they uncover stories of heroism and tragedy, love and betrayal, secrets and intrigue, that lie at the heart of their family history… As each celebrity discovers his or her unknown relatives – most of whom overcame hard times – the show will take viewers back through world history to expose how the lives of everyone’s collective ancestors have shaped our world today.”
The title of the program got me thinking about that question… who do you think you are? I think we all have wrestled with the question to know where we came from and where we are going…from an individual perspective and a much larger global perspective. Where did we come from? What were their stories? – And where are we going? And what will our future stories be?
The Apostle Paul sheds some insight into answering this question when addressing the men of Athens in Acts 17: 24-31.
24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (New Living Translation)
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What Is Your Destiny?
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