Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Leaving_a_Legacy.png“One of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me was told by my youngest daughter when she said, ‘Mom, I saw this online today and immediately thought of you.’ The ‘this’ she saw was a picture of a worn and tattered Bible with the following words written below: A Bible that is falling apart is most likely owned by someone who isn’t.”  ~Darla Noble

Darla is in the process of leaving her children a legacy of faith. This heritage is seen, heard, and felt in the evidence of her profound and personal relationship with the LORD. In sending her mother this message, Darla’s daughter knew the Bible was worn from use and dependency. She and her siblings know their mother’s faith is real because they see it lived, they see the results, and they know it first-hand because it has been instilled in them.

Leaving a legacy of faith is just another (and shorter) way to sum up the words written in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 which says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Impressing

Impressing God’s Word upon your children and grandchildren means you saturate your home and your life with the presence of God. This is not to say you hit them over the head with the Bible or subject them to constant criticism and guilt-trips. Instead, …

  • You let your light shine before them.
  • You use God’s Word to teach and encourage.
  • You pray for them and pray with them.
  • You serve them.
  • You let them see your example in serving and loving God and others.
  • You serve God and others alongside them.

Talking

Talk about God’s Word with your children and grandchildren. The Bible has something to say about every life experience. For example …

  • When a family member is dealing with a situation, and they are tempted to get even with someone, share with them the story of David sparing King Saul’s life in First Samuel 24.
  • When someone is struggling with feeling rejected by God, share with them the story of Job (especially the conversation between God and Job in the last three chapters).

Tying

Tie, bind, and write God’s Word. While tying and binding are cultural references, you can accomplish these things reading, meditating, and focusing on God’s Word regularly not just at church. Writing God’s Word on the doorframes simply means to make God’s Word evident in your home. In addition to wall hangings, refrigerator magnets, and pillows, let your children and grandchildren see God’s Word written on your heart through your love to all. A friend of mine reminds me frequently to share my faith constantly and when necessary, use words.

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Living and leaving a legacy of faith instills a love, desire, and need for God in the lives of your children and grandchildren. It also gives them the hope and anticipation of knowing that goodbye in death is only temporary— because He lives! There will be a glad reunion in heaven one sweet day.