Sunday, March 31, 2013

Building A Legacy by Martin Wiles

Due to his father’s untimely death, he never made it beyond sixth grade and had to assume control of the family farm at twelve. He never owned a new vehicle and worked on an ice cream truck until retiring at 72-earning more annually during retirement than while working.

My grandfather was known locally as a kind humble man who always carried a smile. He had little of the world’s goods but willingly shared with all. When I received the call telling me to come quickly, I knew I would soon lose not only a grandfather but a friend. His face brightened when I entered his room at the nursing home. Pointing upward, he said “I’m going home.” He soon left this world the way he came. Well almost. He bequeathed a spiritual legacy. 

Building legacies is important; erecting spiritual ones is more crucial. Moses told the Israelites; These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) Solomon wrote; A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children. (Proverbs 13:22)

Legacies may include money and possessions, but greater good is built by obeying God’s commands, serving him faithfully and passing the baton to our children and grandchildren. Loving God absolutely lays the groundwork for honorable priorities and practices to bloom. Godly foundations are imperative if future generations are going to follow our example. 

Society’s gods can turn our attention from loving God supremely and passing the legacy. Maintaining our focus secures the foundation and builds a legacy for those who follow.

Prayer: Father on high, may loving and serving You be the legacy we perpetuate.

Martin Wiles is a writer and speaker currently residing in Greenwood, SC. He and his wife Michelle are the founders of Love Lines From God--a devotional ministry to help those on a spiritual journey with Christ. Wiles has authored Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity and Grace Greater than Sin.

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