Legacy is a …

Legacy is a story about you that is yet to be written, but for which you hold the pen. – Juliet Funt

The lens of legacy gives you a view of your life from a generational perspective, where you become aware of the desire to live beyond yourself, focused on making a difference in the lives of others and giving back.

The legacy you leave is the life you lead and therefore legacy is the residue of a life well lived.

Nelson Mandela’s Christian Legacy

Reflecting on Nelson Mandela’s Christian Legacy (headline from Bible Gateway)

As you’ve no doubt read, the highly respected South African activist and politician Nelson Mandela passed away recently. Mandela long career contain many highlights, but it’s his message of forgiveness rather than vengeance—even in the face of terrible injustice—that is likely to be his most lasting legacy.

While Mandela’s life and passing are being widely discussed on news sites around the web, here are a few reflections from Christian sites and writers that discuss the spiritual element of Mandela’s lifelong work. Read More at Bible Gateway Click here >>.

What Dads Leave Behind

Father and son on a pier relaxing togetherWhat Dads Leave Behind
Fathers are so important because they are a visible link between their children and the Father in Heaven.  The potential impact of a good and godly father is immeasurable.

Certainly, many pressures come with fatherhood. Some of us feel ill-equipped. But it’s better to be a learning dad than an absent one.

A father’s influence will not only impact his children, it will impact his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his great-great-grandchildren. The values fathers pass on whether sinful or godly, will be passed on to their children in the future.

Consider the impact of the life of one godly man, Jonathan Edwards.  In addition to being a pastor, he was the President of Princeton University, an author, and the father of 11 children.  Of Jonathan Edwards’ known male descendants, more than 300 became pastors, missionaries, or theological professors. Another 120 descendants became college professors, 110 became attorneys, 60 were prominent authors, 30 became judges, and 14 served as presidents of universities or colleges. Three descendants served in the U. S. Congress, and one became the Vice President of the United States.

A very busy man who reputedly spent 13 hours each day in study, Jonathan Edwards still made a habit of spending an hour at home with his children every day. He took time to be with them, and what a legacy he left!

As C. H. Spurgeon said, “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who love you and were helped by you will remember you. So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.”

If you’re a father, are you carving your name on the hearts of your children right now? Are you leaving a godly legacy of good character? It’s the greatest thing you can leave.