I am amazed at the amount of energy devoted to determining one’s ancestry. For some it is nearly a full time job. While I would not disparage that desire to touch the history of ones’s family, I would debate the relevance to one’s personal life’s purpose.
Many times we attempt to bring a level of association with fame or fortune of our predecessors as something we can talk about. As one commercial deliberates “I always thought I was Italian, but later I found I was actually European/Scandinavian”. Why would that be good or bad? Are there some innate characteristics that are transferable….like the presumed thrift of the Germans, or the liberal tone of some French communities. Is it that born into them, or is it that surroundings engender that?
We may borrow characteristics to offer reason or basis for our own desirable personality traits that correspond with our parentage if we consider them worthy, and seldom use them for things that may be viewed as unacceptable.
The ancestry of all of us is exactly the same. We are children of God. We are shaped by the situations He places us in, the tools that He has given us, and we are to do His will;meeting His expectations in the conduct of our lives. I suggest that to draw our inspiration and direction from any other source would work to our disadvantage. It would be “looking for love in all the wrong places”.
In the end, who would we desire to be most like…. Our heavenly Father.