As I searched for verses on legacy, this verse stands out among the rest. This proverb reminds us that as good parents we must leave an inheritance that can be passed on to our grandchildren.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22
An Inheritance for Your Children’s Children
To think about the legacy that moves beyond the immediate generation that we see. Sure, you most likely will get to know your grandchildren. But often, unless you really think about it, you may not see how the legacy you leave to your child will ultimately impact their children. To think about your legacy beyond just one generation expands your thoughts.
When I think about the things that I want to change for Sarabeth, I set an immediate legacy that I want to leave. But I really must think beyond that. I have to think well into the future. How will the things that I begin to work on and change in my life affect not only Sarabeth but her children as well?
A Legacy for My Grandchildren
This verse now has me thinking about the things I want my grandchildren to know. You know now that I really do not think in terms of a monetary legacy. I think about my legacy in terms of characteristics. Habits. Lifestyle choices.
So what are the things that I want my grandchildren to see in me? Faith. Hope. Love. Those three things that Jesus said are most important. Those are the overarching theme that I want to leave behind.
So then, the question becomes how to live that out. How do I make those three things the things I am known about? It goes back to what I wrote about yesterday. To be in rooted in the word of God and letting that lead and guide my actions and all I do!