Tyler Hanns

Dealing With Your Past

Tyler Hanns
Dealing With Your Past

What does your past mean for your present?

Very few of us want to revisit the past. But the reality is, our past has influence on our present. Who we are has been shaped by where we come from. For most of us, our family of origin is the single greatest influence on our life, for good or for evil.  And no matter how healthy your family and childhood experience was, at some level every family is dysfunctional. We all inherit ways of living from our family of origin and culture that are out of sync with the way of Jesus. So a key task in our apprenticeship to Jesus is re-learning how to be human in relationship with the Father. But first, we have to go back to go forward.

Genogram Workbook

In the Genogram Workbook, we will discover the power of the past by creating a family genogram. The goal is to review key events in your family history and identify generational sins, brokenness, relational patterns, and inherited values. Use this workbook alongside the weekly practice.


Follow along with each part of this practice. We recommend you work through it with your community, a small group triad, a weekly meal with friends or neighbors, your roommates, whatever works. Get a group of people, set a time each week to share a meal, then talk and pray for about an hour. Transformation happens in community. 


Generational Sin

Every family is dysfunctional. We all have some kind of “emotional baggage” that we carry from our past.


Relational Patterns

As we press into our past, we discover patterns in our family of origin that have great influence in our lives.


Narrative Scripts

We all have messages from our life that inform our behavior, altering how we see the world around us.


Generational Blessing

We must identify the patterns we inherited from our family of origin and decide which patterns to stop, start, and continue.


Healing of Memories

Memories are powerful. But what do you do with memories of pain or trauma? How do you redeem the past?


Download & Print 

If you are looking to escape from technology, download and print all weeks of this practice in one document. 

Recommended Reading

Follow along with the recommended reading. We want to continually expand our minds and understanding of the way of Jesus. God wants us to love him not only with our hearts, souls, and strength, but with our minds as well.