I look at my years on this earth (so many). I feel so fortunate that I have lived in a span of time where I can sincerely look at my past and be filled with the deepest appreciation for the sacrifices my parents and grandparents made to give me the precious life I enjoy today. I also have the blessing of experiencing the many generational changes that have transpired as I look toward my future. Life filled me with so much promise and thankfulness for my three sons. More importantly is the continued promise as I look into the eyes of my beautiful grandchildren. How do I transcend the love I have gathered in my heart from a previous generation to the next?
What do we want to pass on to future generations that will stand the test of time? What will remain useful or valued over a long period of time? Will it be family land? Will it be family heirlooms? Will it be family possessions? Or will it be love?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
- Deuteronomy 6:5-9
The Emotional Legacy: (Jesus did not lecture…He listened)
In order to prosper, our children need an enduring sense of security and stability nurtured in an environment of safety and love.
The Social Legacy: (Jesus communicated with stories)
To really succeed in life, our children need to learn more than management techniques, accounting, reading, writing and geometry. They need to learn the fine art of relating to people. If they learn how to relate well to others, they’ll have an edge in the game of life.
The Spiritual Legacy: (Jesus was future-focused)
The Spiritual Legacy is overlooked by many, but that’s a mistake. As spiritual beings, we adopt attitudes and beliefs about spiritual matters from one source or another. As parents, we need to take the initiative and present our faith to our children.
What will be “our” Legacy of Love?