2 Timothy 1:5
I have some treasures to pass down to my children. There’s my great-grandmother’s Bible that she brought with her from Ireland. I also have a bracelet from another great-grandmother. It has her name engraved on it. I have a few of my own treasures, special Christmas ornaments, jewelry and other collections to pass down. There’s the Bible, with hand-written prayers in it, when I prayed for my babies. With any luck, we can also leave them a financial inheritance. But these objects don’t really matter. The greatest gift I can leave my children is my faith. That is not a one-time gift. The gift of faith is a gift my husband and I give by example every single day. I can take my kids to church, but if I don’t practice my faith, what good is it? I’ve come up with a short list of ways to help leave a spiritual legacy for our children.
- Pray for your kids every day. And pray for guidance for yourself too.
- Pray for your children’s friends, acquaintances, teachers, coaches and other mentors.
- Encourage your kids to invite friends to your church.
- Be an active member of your church family.
- Talk openly about your faith, and what God has done for you.
- Read the Bible as a family, have family devotions.
- Pray in front of your kids – not just saying grace at meal times. Let them see you pray.
- Let them see you live your faith, like taking a meal to a sick neighbor or participating in mission projects.
- Let them see you give your gifts to the church, and teach them to tithe too.
- When life lessons come up, discuss with them how to handle them in a godly way, but talk to them on their level.
What would you add to this list?
I also thought this was a good article on leaving a spiritual legacy: http://www.growthtrac.com/5-ways-to-leave-a-spiritual-legacy-for-your-kids/#.Uo3qicSkqDs
Blessings on you and your family.
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