What follows is an article I read this week that I cannot summarize. It is a must read if you have children under age 34 who have become non-believers. This hits home because I am painfully aware of the problem personally and the article gives me a bit of comfort knowing my kids are not that unusual. Read it and continue your prayers for our children.
You may have noticed that I have been posing questions for weeks that you need to ask yourself in order for you to be aware of the answers to tough questions kids ask us…even the older kids. These questions mark the core of a Godly Christian Legacy. Underlying all the questions is the reality of God’s love for us and what that means. Through that love, God frees us.
Matthew says that you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer if you believe. 1 John 5 says that if you ask anything according to His will He hears us. So, in praying for one another, we are simply to pray in faith says the Bible. “But the true question,” says Alister Begg, “is faith in what?”
I know, this is an offensive statement/question to most Christians, but it is what many of our children believe.
Wow, is that a heavy question. For many centuries, people of all faiths and disciplines have tried to answer that question. Theologians and pastors and people of faith have wrestled with that question with marginal results. This is our fourth question in our series about what questions you need to answer to leave a meaningful legacy for your children.
A few weeks ago, I promised to give you 7 things you need to know and be able to answer to leave a God filled Legacy to your children. This is the third: Am I Unique?
The lessons we learn are often the result of disappointments, hurts, and mistakes that we make. In fact, I would venture to say that for me, that is the only time I learn these lessons. I have been told that I am a nerd and that I think too much. True! I admit that I like to intellectualize everything and come up with solutions and discover truths. Maybe; some of that serves me well and is important for my work and for my faith.
What does it take to leave a Legacy to our children that is profoundly impactful to them, the grand kids and possibly even generations to come? Is it possible to do so even if your children are currently lost? Can your past mistakes be overcome? Would if you have been divorced once or twice? Is there a time when your efforts to move a God centered Legacy forward should be abandoned?
How would you answer these: The one who became poor so that… The pathway to lasting honor is… At the end of the day… The answers will help you create a legacy that matters. Mark 13 is framed by the introduction of two women. At the end of chapter 12 there is a widow’s offering to which Jesus draws His disciple’s attention. Jesus is demonstrating here the way to measure a gift. It's by sacrifice, not amount. Jesus is trying to pound into the mind of His disciples what it means to be committed to the Kingdom.
I write this blog on Valentine ’s Day. I am a hopeless romantic and I overwhelm my wife with cards, candy, notes, flowers and dinner, but I can’t help but wonder if what I do is just a moment in time and does not reflect what I feel and believe. I wonder if what God calls us to is not much more.