Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Heritage: A Passion

It was at an event.  There were several couples and we didn’t know anyone.  At a break in our session a nearby gentleman is meeting us for the first time.  After the usual name exchange,  comes the next we-haven’t-yet-met question:


”So, what do you do?”


Without any hesitation, Dirk answers, “We’ve raised seven children together.  That’s what we’ve been doing for the last several years”.

My buttons busted…I was so darn proud of my man!

(The conversation then centered around both families.  We never did learn what the other couple did as “jobs”) :)

You see? Dirk is a first generation Christ-following father.  He is a curse-breaker.  A pioneer. 

His passion for teaching “the H word” – Heritage to our children rose from a deep desire and conviction to pass on to them what he learned when he was a teen: 

God loved him and saved him from himself.  How could he do anything less than give God his whole heart?

From the time our children were born, from Erin to Jacob, and still today, Dirk’s number one goal in his life has been to pass on the knowledge of that saving Love and power to his own children. 

And connected to that Love, all the things that go hand-in-hand with that….building our home, living in the country, taking them regularly to church, being involved in their lives….are things that he is also  passionate about.

So, when he talked endlessly of heritage and the whys and hows…..and they were too young to grasp what he was even speaking of….they did seem to understand his passion.  (even if their eyes glazed over). :)

No, he’s not perfect.  He’ll be the first to tell you we made plenty of mistakes and bad judgments in our parenting (and we’re still not finished).  But, we’ve worked hard at teaching our children the number one important thing to us:  a heritage of Judeo-Christian values, and a heart given fully to Christ.

Are you a first generation, pioneer Christ follower?



robin





Robin

14 comments:

Cindy Beall said...

I am not a first generation Christian but believe I am a first generation Christ follower. I feel there is a big difference, but that's just my opinion :)

And that Dirk Meadows is somethin'. Love him.

kimheinecke said...

That's romance. :)

And a beautiful story. Love learning from your family.

jimmy paravane said...

Oh now you've gone and done it! Very annoying! (grin). This is exactly what I mean when I refer to people as "holy ground". Could you or Dirk or both of you please elaborate on what you mean by "a heritage of Judeo-Christian values, and a heart given fully to Christ."? I rarely see those two phrases used in the same sentence.

misti said...

Thank you Meadows family for showing us how it can be done. Mike and i are both 1st generation Christain in our family and want our kids to believe that Jesus is who He says He is, the bible is what God says it is and so on. Mike and i learnd a lot from your family and thank God you are in our lives!!!

manymeadows said...

Thanks all of you...

Jimmy - how about "Bible-believin', daily dying to self". That make more sense?

Christie said...

Oh my goodness, yes. A pioneer in every sense of the word...starting from scratch!

Thank you guys SO much for your commitment to be speakers of Truth and examples to those of us who don't even know what this whole 'family' thing is supposed to look like. :)

Jim meldrim said...

what a great post! It has been such a privillege to watch your family and to work with your daughter. Tami and I pray that our kids will love and follow Christ like your kids do. Thank you for showing us how things can be!

jimmy paravane said...

Yep Robin it does. Not to mention yer kids actually live the example. So that helps. (grin)

Donna said...

Pioneering...yes! I am impressed by the Dirk's commitment to his vision. God's vision, his vision, you know what I mean.

"Without any hesitation, Dirk answers, “We’ve raised seven children together. That’s what we’ve been doing for the last several years”.

I love that answer. Amen! Makes me think of this quote.

“If you botch raising your children, nothing else you do really matters." Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Anna Meadows said...

Good stuff...

Theresa said...

I love being able to call all y'all my friends. What a blessing all of the Many Meadows have been to me.

Dirk--Pioneer, 1st generation--You have no idea how many people you have helped lead to our Savior. When the numbers are counted as to how many the Many Meadows brought before the throne by “Bible-believin’, daily dying to self” (as Robin said) it will be generational. It won't just be who you and Robin effected, or the 7 kids and their spouses. It will be your grands and great grands.

My friend you are not only a curse breaker in your family but you are an example of how it can be done for many others. My His light continue to shine through you and bless you all!!

Dusty Takle said...

I love you, Robin Meadows. And, I don't know that sweet Dirk, but I bet I'd love him, too.

Christi D. said...

That Dirk..he's a keeper! I love your family and what they stand for :)

Gina said...

We are pioneering. Oh man are we ever pioneering. It sucks some days, but I know what we are trying to accomplish. What I love is seeing your heritage and seeing how many similarities we have in our calling for our families heritage and how many differences too.