A Generational Spoonful of Chocolate Syrup

Who do you take after?

Is it your grandmother who is sweet and spunky all at the same time? Or your grandfather who is naturally funny? Perhaps, it’s your entrepreneurial aunt who sparks your creative side…

We all have generational characteristics, habits, and ideas that we’ve inherited—like it or not.

My maternal grandfather taught me long ago that Hershey’s chocolate syrup was good for getting a daily dose of iron. Each time I stayed at my grandparents, he would lead me into the kitchen for a spoonful of delicious goodness, all the while reminding me it was good for my blood. So, even into my adult years, I truly thought that Hershey’s Syrup was a good source of iron! It wasn’t until I made a comment about it to my husband, (while dousing my vanilla ice cream with so much chocolate that you couldn’t see the ice cream), that I realized it wasn’t true at all. We laugh about it, of course, because it was a harmless little spoonful of generational misconception, but what about the things that aren’t so laughable?


  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Laziness
  • Dishonesty
  • Discontentment


The list of generational stuff we don’t want goes on and on. We don’t ask for those things. We probably don’t even recognize that we’ve inherited them. But eventually, they rise to the surface and make such a fuss, we can’t help but notice them.


What generational spoonful of chocolate syrup was passed down to you?


WORRY was another BIG inheritance of mine. In fact, if all the worry that was passed down equalled dollars, I’d be one very rich girl! I even have a worry line—a crease, right in the middle of my forehead. It isn’t very noticeable when I smile. But it sure is noticeable when I am fretting about something.


But the Bible says, “…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27 NKJV)


What benefits are there in my hours, days, and weeks of worry? What do I gain? What does it change?


I don’t have to continue in a pattern of anxiety just because I learned it. I have the choice to believe God above every single worry that enters my mind. His truth stamps out everything that threatens to overtake me. I get to embrace His plan for my descendants and leave a legacy they can embrace.


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“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4)

“They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.” (Psalm 145:7)


We aren’t stuck in generational sin or shame or chocolate syrup drinking mistakes! God’s mercy and truth endure to ALL generations.We have a choice. We can accept without question what’s been passed down to us, or we can decide to keep the good and give the bad…to God! Then, we can tell the next generation all about His mighty work in our lives, breaking any dishonorable cycles we don’t want to be passed down to our children and grandchildren.


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So here’s a thought to ponder…

What are the generational “keepers” in your family line? And how are you using those precious inheritances for God’s glory? Perhaps, some of these qualities have been given to you.


  • A heart for missions
  • Compassion
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Empathy
  • Teaching
  • Caretaking


This week, focus on that one amazing thing you gained from an aunt, uncle, grandmother or grandfather. Then, let me know how you plan to share that one thing with the world. I’d love to hear all about it!


There will probably always be a tiny part of me that believes Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is good for me. After all, what’s ice cream without a drizzle of chocolate bliss? But in the end, the generational stuff I really want to keep is a heart for God and a love for others.


What about you?


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  1. dawna hetzler
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    My generational “keeper” is how to love others well. My grandma showed me how to love.

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