Deuteronomy 6:6-9 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:1-25 (click for full chapter)
I never thought much about “Legacy” until I had grand children. It just wasn’t something that I was taught. Never living in a close geographical location to my own grand parents, there just wasn’t that time of “sitting around the table” talking about our family history and laughing about the memories. That is a sad realization. And honestly when I was raising my children, even though we went to church as a family and were involved, I’m not sure that I did my part of making God part of our home life too. I was JUST trying to make it through the day, as most young families are today. But as I age I realize that I missed out on some rich conversations as I was growing up and as I was raising my children. Some conversations that would have told me a lot about who I am as a person in my earthly life and in my spiritual life. And told my children a lot about who they are and increased their desire to be with God.
Maybe if I’d had those conversations then it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to see who I am to God.
So now I start with my grand children. Spending time with them. Talking with them about important events in our lives, sharing with them who I am, showing them their value as a person, laughing with them, crying with them, helping them and letting them help me. But mostly sharing with them the wonders of a God who is ever lasting, loving and wants to give them their hearts desires (ref: Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart).
So today I’m going to share with you a little from yesterday’s sermon at church. Take the time to have those conversations with the people in your life. It’s never too late to start!
Leave a Legacy:
- Starts with You Deut 6:1-3
- Move towards your family Deut 6:2 – No IMPACT without CONTACT
- Connect with your local church Deut 6:6
- Broaden your reach to the community Deut 6:9
Here are a couple of resources to get started with.
The ordinary Christian family is simply ordinary Christian people, living in the ordinary circumstances of life, out of the extraordinary grace of the gospel. ref: Tedd Tripp from “The Ordinary Christian Family” Click for full article
Lord, help me start today to make a more beautiful tomorrow for those I love. Amen