Peter Lovick writes,
At Living Hope’s Recovery Programme the morning discussion topic with our clients was on Heritage. The question was asked what is a heritage? Someone in the group responded with,” it is something you receive from the past you did not earn….like an “ in-heritance”. This sparked lots of lively interesting discussion.
It was noted that we have a great heritage in South Africa with many things to be very proud of and that in every culture there are the “giants” who left us an inheritance of good values and traditions. ( E.g. Achbishop Tutu and Madiba)
This then led to the comment does your heritage define who you are? It was agreed, in many instances yes, one can recognise a person who speaks English with a Greek accent and who loves Greek food as a Greek person. Following this line of the discussion found the group asking so what kind of heritage are we leaving the coming generations? Gangsterism, Women abuse, Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Prostitution, Child abuse and neglect…. the discussion became very sombre and reflective.
Then almost in a whisper someone said, “that’s why I am here, to change what I have received and to leave something better for the future.” Like a ripple in a pond the individuals lifted their heads and said me too, me too, me too….
I thank God that there is a place like Living Hope’s Recovery Programme where people can find deliverance from the past and become new creations in Christ Jesus (II Cor 5:17). Where the chains of addiction and old negative behaviour gives way to peace, joy, love forgiveness and hope.
We hope you enjoy a very happy healthy Heritage Day, have a great braai too. If you have a good Heritage stop for a moment and give thanks and if you don’t perhaps you too will join us at Living Hope’s Recovery Programme to make a new start on a better future.