Exodus 32:26, Moses: ‘Whoever is for the Lord come to me…’
This week I conclude my articles on leaving a spiritual legacy by encouraging you to put the Lord first in everything. It is a Blessing seeing children and others honoring God’s Will above all else as they proceed through life facing experiences (pain and sorrow). Time teaching them will not be wasted, even in moral lapses.
Steve Farrar tells the story of George McCluskey. When he married and started a family, he decided to invest one hour a day in prayer, because he wanted his children to follow Christ. After a time, he expanded his prayers to include his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every day between 11 a.m. and noon, he prayed for the next three generations. As the years went by, his two daughters committed their lives to Christ and married men who went into full-time ministry. The two couples produced four girls and one boy. Each of the girls married a minister, and the boy became a pastor. The first two children born to this generation were both boys. Upon graduation from high school, the two cousins chose the same college and became roommates. During their sophomore year, one boy decided to go into the ministry. The other didn’t. He undoubtedly felt some pressure to continue the family legacy, but he chose instead to pursue his interest in psychology. He earned his doctorate and eventually wrote books for parents that became bestsellers. He started a radio program heard on more than a thousand stations each day. The man’s name was James Dobson. Through his prayers, George McCluskey affected far more than one family.’
I would encourage to seriously consider the impact of the Spiritual Legacy you are leaving for your descendants and others. Epitaphs fade, memories fail, monuments erode but God’s work through us has a lasting impact!
I share with you three of my life verses given by God at:
Two different times (1964 & 2012) in:
Two different countries (Scotland and Spain) and:
Two different experiences: Home (Bible devotions by Godly Bible teacher); Cafe (Bible verses given to me).
Psalm 27:1, ‘The Lord is my Light and my Salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?’ (Compare: Psalm 34:4b (Living Bible) ‘Freed us from our fears’)
Jeremiah 29:11, ‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Micah 6:8, ‘What does the Lord require of you: To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.’
Trusting that these articles/blogs on “Leaving a Spiritual Legacy” have encouraged as well as challenged you!
Your friend and Pastor,