"Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of children is their fathers."
What kind of legacy are we seeking to leave? One of our most significant earthly responsibilities and achievements is our family.
As we consider our family's legacy, our focus shouldn't be on how much wealth we leave behind or how influential our family name is. These are the kinds of values the world says are important, but Proverbs gives us a different goal.
As parents and grandparents, we want our families to value GOD and His wisdom. We take joy when we see our children pursuing GOD’s Word rather than the world’s foolishness. We want to train them in knowledge, understanding, restraint, and discernment These are the kind of pursuits that build the godly legacy we desire. But raising this kind of family requires much work and intentionality. It takes fostering relationships of peace and not strife (17:1) and eliminating conflict in those relationships (17:14). It means being there for each other in the difficult times (17:17). And it requires that we love each other at all times (17:17). Building the legacy of a godly family is not an easy road. It's not completed by the time our children turn five. This is the kind of patient, long-suffering work that lasts a lifetime. Yet it is a worthy and positive eternal investment. And when we see our children and grandchildren who honor, love and fear the LORD and who walk in His wisdom, what a joyful accomplishment that will be!
A crown indeed. Consider…What kind of legacy are you seeking to build? Does it include actively working to raise children who fear the LORD and who understand and seek His wisdom? Are you actively working toward this kind of legacy? Are you growing in wisdom and in fear of the LORD as you seek to set a godly example for your family? A godly legacy can only happen if we follow the example of JESUS CHRIST.
ABBA FATHER, we pray for wisdom and endurance to do the work of building a godly legacy. We ask You LORD for joy in the work of legacy building and in the process may the HOLY SPIRIT give us all the grace we need to live by the fruit of Your SPIRIT as we build on a godly legacy in the Name of JESUS we pray. Amen.
In CHRIST Alone,
PW & SM 🙏✝️❤️🔥