leaving a legacy

Are You Leaving A Legacy? A reminder to invest in your children’s future

March 14, 2016 0 Comments

Are you leaving a legacy?

What is your legacy?

My grandfather passed away on March 2nd. It was expected, and knowing that he was a believer makes this a bittersweet time for my family. He isn’t in pain any longer and he is dancing with Jesus. Knowing my grandpa, he is asking a thousand question that he spent his life debating with others, telling silly jokes, and singing songs like “May the bird of paradise fly up your nose”, “Mares eat oats”, and my favorite, “I was sinking deep in sin, having a wonderful time. But my roommate turned me in, now I’m in DC line.” A parody from the hymn “love lifted me”.
At his service, my dad read an overview of his life. He spent 5 years in the Navy, graduated from college, went back to bible college.  He had 4 daughters. Through those 4 daughters, he had 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. One thing that my dad said in this overview is “what a legacy he has”. All 4 of my grandpa’s daughters are believers and go to church. All 11 of his grandchildren are in church and all 16 of his great-grandchildren go to church too!
What a legacy this man left! Many of us kids grew up to go to college, some of us adopted children, some of us work in full-time ministry, some of us are in the military and we all love the Lord.
What else can we ask for in our family? From societies standard, we’re doing pretty darn good! But there’s so much more than societies standards. My grandpa’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have come to Christ because of ONE man’s (and his wife J) commitment to the Lord.
So, as I struggled to write something relevant to women this topic danced around in my head. It suddenly dawned on me that this topic is SO relevant to everyone. As a believer, are we leaving a legacy for our children and our grandchildren? Do they see us going to church and listening to the sermon? Do they see us applying those truths to our lives? Do they see us reading the scriptures? Do we read them the scriptures?
I want to ask YOU question. Are you leaving a legacy for your children? Are you being the type of Godly parent, with the Godly characteristics, that your children will WANT to pass on to their children? Are you passing on a Godly example that will make your children WANT to pass on those traits to their children and grandchildren?  I’m not talking about going to church at the token times and reading a devotional on a computer. I’m talking about an actual fervent relationship with Jesus Christ; where you want so badly for them to come to Christ and follow the Matthew 28 commission that you start instilling principles in them fresh from the womb.
I’ll be honest; I’m not this type of mom yet. But I am trying.


Nila Rhoades