Leave a Godly Legacy In Your Home
How do you want to be remembered? You will be remembered in some way, so how will that be? What is it that you will pass on to your children?
Is there someone in your family that you looked up to? Someone who was a role model to you?
Growing up, my great-grandmother was my role model, and even though she is gone, she still is. She bought me my first Bible, took me to church with her, prayed for me and most of all, visibly lived a Christian life.
One of our main goals in life should be to leave a Godly legacy for our children, their children and so forth. I pray that the Holy Spirit will work through us to do just that. I have a feeling, if you are reading this post, you are a devoted child of God who wants the same for your family.
Let’s admit the truth: Our world is a scary place to live in. Not only that, Christianity is frowned upon, even illegal in some countries. Our children will be influenced left and right by society and the outside world. A lot of that influence will not be good and will definitely not be Christian-like. That’s why it’s so important for us as parents, to instill the Word of God in them as soon as they can understand what we are saying.
Instill God’s Word in them and generations beyond by leaving a Godly Legacy, starting now:
For it says in Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life.
8 Ways to Leave a Godly Legacy Behind for your Children, Grand Children and Beyond.
- Pray for your children. This is the number one thing you can do as a parent is to pray that they will be good stewards and that they will live for Him.
- Live for the Lord and fear Him. If you have Jesus in your heart and live by his commandments, it will show. This statement goes along with the phrase “Do as I do, not as I say” (of course, we’d like them to do as we say as well!). Your children will notice if you are living out a Christian life, and they will aspire to do the same. Psalm 112:1-2 reads: “How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.”
- Give to others. This includes monetary gifts as well as the gift of time, and the greatest gift of all: love. By having God’s love in our heart, we will automatically want to help others and spread His love by doing so. Doing this instills the importance to your children early in life of helping others and spreading God’s love. Matthew 9:36 reads: “And seeing the multitudes. He [Jesus] felt compassion for them.” You can get your children involved in giving by doing the following:
- Having them tithe their allowance. This is a great way to teach the importance of tithing early on. Even if it’s just a couple dollars a week, they could set that money aside into their “Giving Jar” and at the end of the month, let them choose to donate it to the charity of their choice.
- Participate in acts of kindness. These can be as simple as picking up trash out of the neighbor’s yard to sorting food at the local food pantry.
- Participate in Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This is a good way to involve your children in helping other children. I just took my daughter yesterday to pick toys out for a boy and girl for the Angel Tree this Christmas. She truly enjoyed helping me and it was a great lesson for her.
- Donate toys and clothes to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Not only is this a good way to teach your children how to help and give to others, but a good way to declutter as well! My daughter has toys upon toys in her playroom – too many to count, and she probably only plays with about half of them (if that). A couple months ago I took her up to her playroom and explained that we would be sorting through her toys and giving some to underprivileged children. She was a little reluctant at first, but after choosing the first few toys, she really got into it and was excited to give and help other boys and girls out!
- Read the Bible with and in front of them. Set aside a time each day to read a children’s devotion with them (a great one is Jesus Calling for kids). Read Godly books to them and read the Bible in front of them to set a good example. See ideas on how to incorporate reading the Bible more.
- Be the example of the type of person/character you want them to be/have. Do you want your children to be compassionate? Show compassion. Honest? Show honesty. Humility? Be humble. You get the point here. This goes back to the “Do as I do…” quote stated above.
- Pray with your children. My husband and I have developed the habit of praying every evening at the dinner table with our daughter, as well as before bedtime. We have also taught her to pray in all circumstances and before making decisions. We include her in the prayer as well and offer her the chance to pray. We also offer the chance for her to pray when we are having a meal with family or friends. For instance, for our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, we are going to ask her if she would like to say the blessing. By praying with your children, you are not only setting a good example, but you are helping them feel comfortable to pray out loud in front of others and teaching them the importance of prayer.
- Teach them gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for. Each evening before bed, we ask our daughter to list one thing she’s thankful for that day. This instills an attitude of gratefulness and appreciation early on.
- Prepare them and encourage them for the future by building them up, letting them know that God has a great plan for them. Teach them about how God has a plan for their future, a plan that will help them to spread His word. Teach them to pray and seek His plan. Teach them that the most important work they can do is God’s work and the right path is God’s path. David says in 1 Chronicles, “for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
By setting these examples you will be helping to secure a Godly foundation for your children, children’s children and beyond. To me, there is nothing more important than establishing a Godly life for the generations to come. What a wonderful gift we have that we can help contribute to this…
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