Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children.
Pass the story down from generation to generation (Joel 1:3 NLT.)
Legacy, inheritance, heirloom—something or someone from the past that left a gift to influence other lives, both present and future. That would be my dad. This month marks the seventh anniversary of his homecoming in heaven. With each passing year, I am grateful for the legacy of faith he left our family.
Picture being held in loving arms by a man who rocked and sang songs to each of his seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren during his lifetime.
I was the second of five daughters…. the one who crawled behind the couch as a toddler when Santa Claus knocked at the door.
I’m also the one who was eager to climb into my father’s lap and listen to songs of faith he sang over me!
Throughout my life, I made choices based on fear or faith. When I gave into fear, I was once again the little girl…the child of fear… who crawled behind the couch.
When I chose faith, I was the daughter who ran into the arms of my loving heavenly Father…. leaning against His breast…. listening to His voice, as He sang over me—willing to walk by His side and obey His will.
Throughout the years of my dad’s life, I observed a quiet, confident faith, modeled through all the changing and sometimes challenging seasons of his life. His words still echo in my heart today—“Everything’s going to be all right”. My Dad learned and lived this promise from God’s Word.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them….and He chose them to become like His son” (Romans 8: 28, 29).
I am still choosing faith over fear, and not just because my dad modeled that truth before me. I was given a gift of faith when I embraced God as my Heavenly Father, made possible through the gift of Jesus His Son.
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life “(John 3:16).
Our lives are often shaped by certain people God has placed in our lives—those who touch the deep places of our heart, and leave footprints of faith. What person or persons have modeled the life of faith before you—encouraging you to be secure in the arms of your loving Heavenly Father? I would love to hear from you! Please share in the comment section.
One last question before I go: Do you know God as your Heavenly Father?
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I will be sharing more about legacy in the weeks to come. I hope you will join me.