If you’re 50 years or older, you’re due for a colonoscopy.
Unless you have an immediate family member with colon cancer, then you might need a colonoscopy sooner.
If you’re a 50 year old female, you’re due for a mammogram. You can get one starting at the age of 40 but the USPSTF (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) recommends biennial mammograms starting at the age of 50.
Unless you have an immediate family member with breast cancer, then you might need one sooner.
If you’re a 55 year old male, the USPSTF discuss possibly getting your prostate level checked.
Unless you have a family history of prostate cancer, then maybe you should get screened sooner.
Even when trying to diagnose high blood pressure, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, I often ask my patients about family history.
Because genetics and your family line is important.
I use to find it boring to read through the genealogy listed in the bible. It’s a long list of names, most of which I can’t pronounce, that eventually leads to Jesus.
But a few years back, when studying the book of Ruth, I realized that genealogy is so important when it comes to Jesus.
Had Ruth not gone back to the homeland of her mother-in-law, Naomi, she never would’ve met Boaz. If she didn’t meet Boaz, she wouldn’t have had a son named Obed. If she never gave birth Obed, then David wouldn’t have been born. Thus, the ancestry line of Jesus wouldn’t have existed either.
God has placed you in your family line for a very specific reason and for a very specific purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Unfortunately, some genetics lead to higher risk of cancers and chronic medical conditions.
Fortunately, some genetics lead to people never having to worry about high cholesterol.
I’ve seen quite a few people who are positive for COVID19 who have zero symptoms and feel perfectly fine. I have a suspicion their genetics have a play in that.
God has taken the time to make the perfect genealogy from Adam and Eve to Jesus.
Don’t you think that he’s taken the time to make the perfect genealogy for you too?
No family is perfect. Lots of families are broken. Some are unaware of their biological families. But God knows your genealogy. He sees you from a historical perspective, a current birds eye view, and your future generations.
You are perfect. Inside and out. Because you were made from our perfect God.
The next time anything negative comes to mind about your family and lineage, remember that God used an exact combination of these genetics for a bigger purpose for you. The next time that you have positive thoughts about your family and lineage, remember that God is responsible for it.
You are no accident. Because God doesn’t make accidents.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:13-14 NIV