Leave a Lasting Legacy

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

Psalm 127:3 (ESV)

The star sapphire ring that my mom passed down to me when I turned thirteen still shines as brightly as it did the day she gave it to me. Growing out of being a girl and into being a woman, I was so proud to have that ring, because it was a piece of real jewelry and it had belonged to my mom. It was like an inheritance, and it symbolized my mom’s trust in me. Today, I get to pass that ring on to my daughter, Caroline, on her thirteenth birthday.

Caroline is truly a treasure to me and Bert. As an infant, with her bald head and round blue eyes, she looked like the Gerber baby. As a toddler, her vibrant personality and persistent curiosity kept us on our toes. As an elementary age child, her intelligence, concern for people, and gift of song more than amazed us. Now, she’s turning thirteen today, and she’ll officially be a teenager. And I get to pass on my sapphire ring to her.

Bert and I don’t take our role as parents lightly, and we treasure our gift in Caroline. As Solomon says in Psalm 127:3, one of the two Psalms he penned, “Children are a heritage from the Lord” and children a “reward” to their parents.

When I think of the idea of heritage, I think of something, such as an inheritance, being passed down from an ancestor. Bert and I know that Caroline is a gift from our father in heaven. And my ring is a gift to her. But the best gift I can give her is to teach her about the Lord – specifically, who she is in Christ.

Solomon stressed that having children is a blessing (Ps 127:5). So, as parents, let’s remember that:

  • Children are our reward; they are our treasure.
  • It’s important for us to leave a good inheritance for them, whether that inheritance is in material things or memories of good times spent together.
  • We should teach our children about the Lord, as Deuteronomy 6:7-9 commands.
  • We should thank the Lord for the gifts he has given us.

In Proverbs 17:6, Solomon also emphasizes that “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” In other words, as parents, if we pass on a wonderful inheritance to our children, we can look forward to seeing them pass it on to their children.

I know if my mom were here today, she would be so proud that I’m following her example and passing on a beloved ring to my daughter, and that I’m teaching her the beautiful truth of who she is in Christ.

Let us leave a lasting legacy with our greatest treasure, our children.

 

 

Who Am I?

The past two posts have been about writing our testimonies and telling our stories. The Bible is filled with great testimonies of people who followed the One True God, people who walked with Christ, and people who believed in Christ after his resurrection. If these people were alive today and came to speak their salvation story to us, this is what two of them would sound like:

As you read these testimonies, did you see the pattern of how they each told about:

  • life before salvation,
  • the situation and people involved who shared Christ with them, and
  • life after salvation?

Can you identify with the thoughts and feelings of these two people? Maybe they echo threads in your own salvation story.

Do you know to whom these two testimonies from the Bible belong?  The first person to submit both correct answers in the comments section on my blog will win a copy of my study, Solomon Says: Godly Counsel for Victorious Living (US residents only)!

Included in the Greatest Story

“The LORD has made everything for his own purposes”

Pr 16:4a (NLT)

Last week, I gave you a challenge to write your testimony. Have you done that yet? Be encouraged that this can not only point others to Christ but it can also help to revive your own faith. When we remember what Christ has done for us in the past, we can find strength for the tough things we are facing today. God is faithful, and our testimonies prove that. Your salvation story is a part of a greater story: God’s story of redemption.

The Contemporary Christian music group, Avalon, sings one of my favorite songs about this. The chorus of their song, “The Greatest Story,” says:

Your life woven day by day

is a new design of the glory God displays

on the canvas of creation

through the poem of history

in the pattern of redemption

running through the tapestry

You life in Christ can be

the greatest story ever told.

Just think: your story reflects God’s glory in your life! It confirms Pr 16:4 which says that God made you for a purpose. We don’t always understand everything that happens because God is so much greater than us. But we do know that we are a part of his plan. Ecc 3:11 tells us that “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (NIV).

Your story matters. It was set by God before the beginning of time, and you have a purpose. You are included in the greatest story!