I recently heard some pundits on the radio discussing Warren Buffet and his decision to give the majority of his fortune to charity, rather than his children. That caused me to think, what is my legacy to my children? I am not wealthy by the worlds definition. I will be fortunate to even have anything to leave them of value. Then I went to God's Word to get answers.
It would be nice to leave my children wealth and possessions. It would please any parent to know that their children would have less to worry about than they did growing up. I didn't have much growing up with my single mother and my older sisters. I struggled to find my way when I was younger and made many huge mistakes and sins along the way (read my testimony here). What I didn't have was a biblical upbringing and sound advise on building character. I was raised in the streets and had to figure it out for myself. I strongly believe had I had a father to lead and guide me, I would have made better choices.
When I was 19 my son was born to my high school girlfriend. We were not married and he was raised in a broken home. I gave him very little by way of advice or supervision. We would see each other every other weekend for years. Even the few years he did come live with me I was more focussed on work and making money, than raising my kids and spending quality time with them. I became a Christian when my first daughter was 5 and we began our walk with the Lord together, as a family. My son was back with his mom at the time, so it was my wife, myself, and our daughter. Then our 2 daughters, and then our 3 daughters.
I can say with confidence, my legacy to my children will be this;
We walked with God
We worship together, we serve together, we learn together, we are together. With the help of the Holy Spirit, and time, we have laid the foundation for a life of faith. Our children know God, love God, and Serve God. Even my son came to faith and credits our unwavering, relentless outpouring of love and and a commitment to save his soul.
We have a long ways to go, but we are all on the same path, together. That is our legacy. What is yours?