"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" - John 1:22 ESV
"Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever." - Psalm 112:1-3 ESV
"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." - Deuteronomy 6:5-7 ESV
Recently I was reminded of the importance parents have in raising their children. My son had been struggling to control and process his anger at school. Recently, he lashed out in anger saying something that was inappropriate and hurtful to another student. As a parent...let's be more honest, as a teacher at his school and as a pastor, I was mortified to hear what he said. I know my boy to be better than his words that day. I think I know his heart and believe him to know and want to exemplify the life of Christ. But what I think I know, says little about how I am helping him to live a life that is honoring to God.
My wife, my better half, said something really profound that stuck with me in reflection of that day. She said, "Our children are our legacy! What we teach our children about Christ and how to respond to other people and the situations of life says a lot about how we raise them." It was in that moment that I realized the words of my son that day were more a reflection of my own heart, than his. If I consider it important to treat others with kindness by word and action than I will help my son to do the same. I will make the teaching and practice of spiritual disciplines (like taming the tongue) a priority.
I'm reminded of the scripture many of us know and some have posted in their home..."As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," Joshua 24:15. We post it on our walls but do we live it within our hearts? Do we make service to God, by the teaching and living of scripture, a priority in our lives? If so, how does it show through the actions of our children?
Our children are our legacy! As Christians, we are children of God and represent HIS legacy! Let us today, live in a way, that is pleasing to the Father and that shows the love of God to all people. Be a legacy that represents the Father well.