The Blessing You Are

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I give a fair amount of time to the consideration of my spiritual legacy. I want my children to know and serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the true and living God. And I want my sweetheart grandchildren to have that advantage too. Secondarily, I care about their security, ability to earn an income, provide for their families, etc. They all seem to be off to a better start than my wife and I. That feels somewhat satisfying. We can model what we expect in the generations that follow, but obviously cannot fully predict or control what happens. We can and should pray about our family and impart to them the greatest blessing- Christ in us. Solomon lamented this very idea. He also marveled at how his father David, rose from poverty, once imprisoned by his predecessor King Saul, and yet was the lad who became Israel’s king. David’s son, Solomon, the second lad, replaced him. None of them could know or control who would come later. This was a notable vanity in Solomon’s mind. Of all he could influence and control, what happens when we are gone, is not within our power. Listen to Kari Jobe sing The Blessing:

A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.  For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him. There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 NASB

What legacy am I imparting to my children and their children and their children?

God, as this day begins- I am thinking about what happens when I depart this earth and my loved ones remain. I pray my life has been a blessing to them that continues for their lives and to their children. What a privilege! What a responsibility! What a joy! May You work in my life and ministry today as I reach out to love all I meet and those I serve in Your name.

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