Read: “I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.” Genesis 22:17
On Sunday, Jeff Clark said that “what we do as parents speaks so loudly that our kids can’t hear what we say.” More than our kids will ever remember our words, they’ll remember our actions. What lessons are you teaching to future generations?
The non-verbal lessons taught through our choices and actions build a legacy that lives on long after we are gone. To quote a popular musical, a legacy is, “planting seeds in a garden we never get to see.” People don’t remember your goals and aspirations, your successes and accomplishments. They remember your character - whether or not you lived a life of integrity and how you treated others. And, the legacy you leave not only impacts present-day generations, but it influences generations you’ll never even meet. Abraham left a legacy of faith for his descendants who were as numerous as the stars in the sky, AND he left a legacy that influences us today. Abraham’s faithfulness was noticed by God who blessed him greatly and even put him in the lineage of Christ.
What steps are you taking today to ensure that you’re leaving a legacy that points your family, your kids and the generations that will come after them, to Christ?
Do: Take a quick legacy evaluation:
Check in with your spouse and your kids to see how you’re doing, and if anything in your family needs to change.
Simplify your schedule.
Make dinner with your family a priority.
Make church a priority.
Let your family catch you reading the Bible and praying.
Manage friends that aren’t helping the kind of legacy you want to leave.