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3 Ways Family Trees Inspire Me--Thanks Matthew McConaghey!

3 Ways Family Trees Inspire Me--Thanks Matthew McConaghey!

If you're a Matthew McConaughey fan, you probably remember the acceptance speech he gave in 2014 when he was awarded Best Actor.  If not, you should probably go watch it (we've got the video for you down below!) because it's pretty phenomenal. In it, he talks about needing three things: something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. We believe these same three things are what make family trees so inspiring!

Someone to chase

While a family tree chart simply shows the names of our ancestors, behind each name is a lifetime of stories. Some of our ancestors are worth emulating... others perhaps not so much. As we use our pedigree charts as a starting point learn the stories behind each name and how they all fit together, we'll be able to identify role models from among our ancestors and chase them towards victories over our own unique challenges.

Something to look forward to

As we come to know our ancestors better, we can look forward to being reunited with those who have become our dear friends throughout the eternities. Although I never had an opportunity to meet my Grandpa Cutler in this life, because of the autobiography he wrote and the stories he left behind as related by my grandma, aunts, and uncles I feel that I already know him, and eagerly look forward to meeting him in the next life.

Something to look up to

In his speech, McConaughey sites God as the person he looks up to. We couldn't agree more with him, both in life and when thinking about family history. The most oft-quoted scripture relating to genealogy work is found in Malachi 4:5-6, which reads:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Our Heavenly Father places great emphasis on the eternal nature and importance of the family, and as we seek for our ancestors and to know them better we fulfill the commandment in Malachi to turn our hearts to our fathers. As we look up to God, our family history becomes infinitely more meaningful.

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Feature image credit: Houston Chronicle


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