What will you leave behind for your children and grandchildren?
Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children”.
I don’t want to talk about money or material possessions, although that is good and decent. I want to talk about something of far greater worth. Something that can literally change and impact the destiny of your family for generations. The most valuable treasure we can leave our children and grandchildren is an inheritance of morals, values, principles, character and integrity. In other words A LEGACY.
Lets begin here. You can’t take someone where you’ve never been. Some of life’s most powerful lessons we will ever teach our kids are caught, not taught. We need to model it. The idea of “do as I say not as I do” doesn’t work. A legacy can only be passed on if it is supported by action. It can only be passed on if it is lived out. Dad don’t ever forget, we teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are and who we are.
LEGACY is defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. So in essence it is an inheritance that we have the privilege and awesome responsibility of leaving to our kids.
YOU ARE EMPOWERED
No matter how you were raised or how your father, grandfather or great grandfather were raised, those negative traits, bad habits or familiar spirits don’t have to be passed on to your children. You have the authority to stop it, to break it and to plant something fresh and new. You are empowered by God with the ability to plant something life giving in your child.
I never met my grandfather. He died from alcoholism at the age of 58. My dad is now 60 and has already outlived him. My grandfather left a legacy that my dad rejected. Unfortunately my dads baby brother died at the age of 37, heavily influenced by alcohol. By all accounts he was an alcoholic and regrettably carried on the legacy of his father. Sadly, because of this his kids will grow up without a father like he did. This is the cruel reality of leaving an unrighteous inheritance. My dad on the other hand decided to not drink and not follow in the footsteps of his father. My dad has decided to start a new legacy. He has left me an inheritance free from alcoholism. He has instilled in me Godly principles that I have and am instilling in my children and his grandchildren. Through the power and influence of his choice he has affected the lives of his children and grandchildren and thus literal generations. This is the power of leaving a righteous inheritance.
As a father you have the power to change a generation and generations to come. We as fathers have a responsibility given to us by God to teach and instill goodness, righteousness and the fear of the Lord in our children. In doing so WE WILL affect our family for generations.
WE MUST STAND FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
We must stand and fight for righteousness and morality in our nation. CHARACTER COUNTS AND MORALITY MATTERS. We must ask ourselves what kind of country, society and culture do we want to leave for our kids and grand-kids? Its a whole lot easier to preserve what we already have, than it is to fight to get back what we’ve lost. What will we as fathers leave as an inheritance to our children? That passing on of a legacy and future inheritance begins now.
It begins by investing in them today.
It begins by standing for what is right.
It begins by standing for morality.
It begins by standing for what is decent.
It begins by standing for what is pure.
It begins by standing for truth.
It begins by being men of honor.
It begins by being men of duty.
It begins by being men who sacrifice.
It begins by being men of integrity.
It begins by being men of character.
It begins by being men of faith.
It begins by being men of courage.
It begins by being men who exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.
We need to model…
OUR KIDS AN OPEN FIELD
Our kids are like an open field on a farm. What we plant in that field while our kids are young and are still with us will determine what kind of crop they will yield and will be harvested.
That’s an awesome responsibility.
That’s our choice as fathers.
There is to much at stake to get this wrong.
We must take the time and opportunity to pour into our children’s lives.
We must take the time to leave a legacy and to leave an inheritance that will live on for generations.
WE AS FATHERS WERE MADE TO BE COURAGEOUS
If you find yourself in a place today where your struggling with regret, because of past failures and mistakes or lost time, its never to late to make it right. Its never to late to start investing in the lives of your children, no matter what stage of life they are in or you are in.
If this describes you, my prayer for you is that God would “RESTORE TO YOU the years the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25).
We need to take the first step and reach out to our kid(s). We are called to lead.
My prayer for us all as fathers is that we…
Walk in love.
Walk in wisdom.
Walk in truth.
Lead by example.
Hate what is evil.
Love what is good.