Tuesday, August 29, 2006

CWO - In "Other" Words 8/29

"I thought about the whole notion of "reproduction," and what it really means to replicate yourself. Is it merely about the passing on of eyes and chins and hair color? Or is it, rather, the replication of the heart? Do we leave a bigger mark by passing on our genes, or our thoughts?"
~ Shannon Woodward, author of
Inconceivable: Finding Peace
in the Midst of Infertility ~
My first thought upon reading this quote was that we leave a bigger mark by passing on our thoughts. After all, how many people do we come in contact with every day that we have the opportunity to talk to and be able to spread the good news of the Lord. And then how many people do those people come in daily contact with? They have the same possibility. And so do the people that those people come in contact with. Seems to me the possibilities are endless.

But then if you take a look at it from the other angle…while my first thought here was that I only have a finite possibility of passing on my genes…I mean how many kids can one person have?…that possibility is actually bigger than I first thought. After all, my kids will hopefully have kids…and their kids will have kids…and there kids will have kids and so on and so on. And every one of those kids will have my genes in them. And all the generations that came before me…I have their genes in me. And, at the same time that my genes are being passed on, hopefully my thoughts are being passed on as well as we all hope that our values are passed down through the generations. So the possibilities here seem pretty endless as well.

I know that doesn't answer the question but where I first thought it was clear cut, now I'm having a hard time deciding. I'll be interested in reading others take on this.


Kazcanblog73 said...

Hi, I hadnt thought much about a bit of me travelling so far down the generations to come, but yes! Let our faith, thoughts and positive attributes keep going and going and going for God's glory!
U Go Girl!!! ;)

Sissy B. said...

It's not a clear cut issue...this debate over genes vs environment has gone on for centuries...because it is neither one or the other...both are intertwined to make the person we are...the people our children are...and their children...your post was quite perceptive!!

Heather Smith said...

I think thoughts, but then again you are right on genes being passed down through the generations as well! I wrote about what has been passed to me in my thoughts about this quote today on my blog! Check it out here!

Amydeanne said...

I noticed this when I started my family tree research.. the resemblences down the line to 1500 years back are actually remarkable.. I do however believe that our actions have a far great impact like you said at the beginning. :)

ozark crafter said...

Gives you something to think about. Nice post.

Faith said...

When thinking of the passing on of genes and thoughts- my thoughts went to Jesus. He himslef had an earthly lineage from Mary and went back to King David. So then I learned -what was more important to his children his genes of flesh and blood or his thoughts. The flesh and blood handed down by sinners but his thoughts were: purest of pure, one with God's, the Holiest of Holy, Love at its fullest! Thoughts wins!


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