Family Time: Leaving a Legacy




When my first child was born, I remember thinking I have so much time to pour into him…18 years ahead of me.  As a stay at home mom, I spent many of my minutes playing, teaching, encouraging, and disciplining my child.  There are three years between my boys so I had a lot of time to pour into my first.  


Then, along came my second child, and I remember feeling, “Wow, I am a stay at home mom, and I still feel like all my working mom friends who feel like the time is flying by.”  I tried to make every minute count, but the time was still slipping through my fingers ever too quickly.  Then, along came #3, and the last few years have been a blur. 


My husband often reminds me of the fleeting time left we have with our oldest son.  He’d say, “He’s more than half way out of here, you know.”  Oh, dear!  Have I poured into my kids like I should?  Have I “Trained them up in the way he should go?”  Have I taught them what I should be?  Of course, as believers, the main goal for our children is that they become followers of Christ.  Have I faithfully proclaimed the gospel to them?  Have I led a life worthy for them to follow?   Have I left a legacy?


My kids LOVE to hear stories about my husband and I growing up.  They sit intently waiting to hear about adventures and fun stories about our childhood.  I have to say that most of our stories about our parents were about how they lived, not necessarily about what they said or taught us.  Hmm…am I living my life in a way that my kids can share with their kids?  When my kids share about me, what will they say?  


The necessary daily chores and tasks are important, but are our children seeing us trust God for all our needs?  Are our kids seeing how faithful God is by how we trust in Him?  Do we share our prayers with our kids about our deepest needs?  Are we dropping to our knees in front of our kids when those needs and prayers are answered?  Or do they see us worry about finances, or filling our time with sporting events and other activities instead of at church?  Are they seeing us be Christ-centered or self-centered?  Are they seeing us fix things on our own, or giving the glory to God?


I want my kids to say, “My mom loved the Lord, trusted Him for all our needs, and lived her life according to His will.”   What do you want your legacy to be?  



“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-7

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