Pass The Story Down

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Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children
tell their children. Joel 1:3 NLT

Daddy and EstherLegacy, inheritance, heirloom—
something or someone from the
past that left a gift to influence
other lives, both present and future.

With each passing year, I am more grateful for the legacy of faith Daddy
left our family when he went home to
heaven almost twenty years ago. 

I was the second of seven, eager as all my siblings were to climb into my Father’s lap and listen to the songs of faith he sang over us.

My Dad modeled a quiet, confident faith through all the changing and
challenging seasons of his life and his words still echo in my heart today—

“Everything’s going to be all right”.  

The promise from God’s Word was passed down to us from the pages of the Bible….And because He believed, so did we.  

Words of truth and songs of faith spoken by our dad were welcomed again and again, rooting our hearts deeper into our Heavenly Father’s eternal love. 

Finally, our champion of faith lived it, leaving his grateful family an example to follow all the days of our lives.

It’s almost like Daddy is leaning over the balcony of heaven today, cheering us on, encouraging us to live our lives in the quiet confidence that God is always working behind the scenes; with a purpose that eternity will fully reveal.

Our Lord is working for our good and His glory….And He’s using all the circumstances in our lives to conform us into the image of His son.

Sometimes I hear the second generation share the same promise with their children and grandchildren. They too are passing the promise down to the present generations.

“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, and He chose
them to become like His son.” (Romans 8: 28, 29)

#3-Pass The Story Down

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Pass the story down from generation to generation (Joel 1:3 NLT).

“Grandma, do you know everywhere you walk, you leave your footprints?”

Looking down, I saw a perfect set of footprints on the freshly carpeted floor. My granddaughter was right—
and her words gripped my heart. She was watching my every move, even where I walked.

It made me wonder—what kind of impression am I leaving on the hearts of my grandchildren?  

Someone said,  “A child is born only once, but a grandparent is reborn with each new grandchild”. How True! Grandchildren know how to pour new life into grandparents.

There’s just no greater joy than spending time with them. My husband, Dave and I are always excited about having the grand-kids come for a visit. We may sometimes be tired when they leave to go home, but its the most rewarding tired there is! It doesn’t take long for us to rest up and we’re ready for them to come again!

I think of my Grandma Biggs. She was the happiest when she was with her children and grandchildren, yet the joy of the Lord remained constant in her life no matter whom she was with. My greatest childhood memories were made  in the love and joy I felt when I went to grandma’s house.

I was always greeted with a joyful smile and big hug. Her laughter was contagious—her love unconditional. Grandma was always there for me—to listen—to pray—to encourage.

Even after she died, memories of her life were a constant source of encouragement.
And when life’s challenges left me shaken in faith and in need of wisdom; I asked myself, “What would Grandma want me to do.” I knew the answer.  This loving fortress of a woman always encouraged me to look to the Lord for strength and direction.

I know He hears my heart’s cry. I know He loves and forgives me. I know my life is a work in progress.

And so is yours. He will complete the work He started in me—and in you!

Lord,  Help us leave loving footprints of the Savior on the hearts of others for generations to come. Amen. 

 

The Goal

I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly
call offers in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 

Our grandson was focused and determined that day on the soccer field. His heart and mindset’s motivation was to please grandma and grandpa, by getting at least one ball into the net. We sat in the stands, and watched with amazement as Caleb scored one ball after another. His confident efforts had paid off and before the game was over, he had scored seven times!

I caught a glimpse of Caleb’s heart that day. A valuable truth I long to live by. I want to live to please Jesus. To let go of selfish heart motives and put my focus on the goal of knowing him and pleasing him. I want to follow the Lord on my life’s journey—the race he set before me.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a good roadmap for those who set their hearts on the goal of knowing and making Jesus known.  I found three challenging mindsets I’d like to share with you.

Three Ways To Reach The Goal Set Before You

1. Focus on knowing Jesus

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. (Philippians 3: 10).

2. Forget the Past, focus on the future

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one
Thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. (Phil. 3:13).

3. Focus on finishing well and winning the prize 

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Phil. 3:14).

Is there some obstacle blocking your pursuit of the call of Jesus…. Some mindset you need to adopt; some fear or hesitancy you need to let go of.
We can’t run the race well, if we’re not willing to let go of all it takes to follow Jesus.

Prayer: Father God, Forgive us for the times we fail to step forward and do what you call us to. We ask you to give us grace to move forward, a heart to trust and love you, and confident faith to believe we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Amen. 

Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. (Phil. 3: 16 Message).

As I told my grandson, I’ll get my reward when I see Jesus!

So will you!