What kind of legacy will you leave behind one day? Have you thought about the values, traditions, and flaws you have passed down to your children, or will pass down to your future children? I met a man in the VA waiting room a few weeks ago that was living the legacy of military service. He explained how his grandfather had served, how his father had served, how he had served, and how his daughter was now serving with her third tour in Iraq. His eyes lit up as he talked about the pride he felt that his family had such a part in our country’s freedom. It looked as if he got a little misty eyed when he talked about his daughter and her job as a guard at one of the prisoner facilities in Iraq. Four generations of this man’s family had all served the red, white, and blue, and the citizens of our nation. I was proud to have met him, and as we left, I shook his hand and told him thank you.
Meeting him made me think of the legacy I would like to pass on to my children. I want them to know how to show kindness to strangers from my Momma, the hospitality of my Nana and Aunt Lisa. Saying what you mean and meaning what you say from my Dad. I want them to see honor in serving our country through my husband, his Grandpa and my amazing Papa. I want them to be gentle spirits like my Mom-In-Law, and have a fun loving spirit, and know the importance of family like my Dad-In-Law. Most importantly, I want them to know God as Jake and I have gotten to know Him through our sweet Grandmothers and other influential family members. To see servanthood in their wonderful Daddy. I want them to see God in our marriage. To see His love, His grace, His patience in mine and Jake’s actions. I pray often for Him to mold me into the likeness of His image so that I can teach my children about Him and what He has done for us all. I pray that they will not pick up the traits of my faults and flaws.
I pray in confidence that if I adhere to the teachings found in Proverbs 22:6 which states, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”, God will hold true to His promises. Reflect on the legacy you want to leave and hold true to it. Allow God to direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6) as you discern what is important in this life. I am thankful to the veterans who stamp an honorable willingness to serve America onto the hearts of their children, and who allow God to stamp their hearts with truth and love. I am thankful for the Godly parents and grandparents who work together to mold their children and grandchildren into fruitful, faithful servants, because they had done the same. I am thankful for the brotherhood of the Church who strengthens and sharpens each other in Christ. And I am thankful to God, in whom all blessings flow, who sustains us, protects us, and guides us through this life into our home in heaven. What legacy will you leave?
“The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”