One of the primary purposes of The Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning Process is to build strong God centered families and thus God centered legacies.
As believers, we are keenly aware of shortcomings in others including our spouse and children. Why is it so easy to see those shortcomings? It is so God can work something in us. I do not say that other than to point out my own shortcoming. See, instead of looking to the Lord and within, we make the mistake of looking to them and wondering at their condition. (Oh how easy it is to see issues with a spouse, and yet not see the same or even worse conditions in us!)
Allow me to demonstrate with two analogies. One comes from II Samuel 12:4-7, “’Now a traveler came to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. And he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.’ Nathan then said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.”’” Would David have judged another man’s failure had he known he was going to here, “You are the man”?
I have to admit, it is so easy for me to judge others. Michael Wells gives a great illustration of this message: An elderly man was asked by Michael, “Why do believers not finish well?”
He took a pen in his hand and asked, “Who holds the pen, who keeps it from falling, and who moves it from place to place?”
“You do,” replied Michael
He then “walked” the pen over to “look” at another pen that was lying down and had the upright pen say, “You pathetic pen! Look at you lying there; what a failure you must be!” Then the elderly gentleman dropped the pen he was holding and said that the pen is like a man who is touched by the glory of God, held by the glory of God, and moved by the glory of God, but then who takes the credit himself. All God need do is let go, and the man is as flat as those he judges. Man lives in pride, becoming a god unto himself and a god to others!
Ouch! One of the secrets to building and cementing a Godly legacy for your family is to approach it with a humble, contrite spirit. If I stand strong in the Lord, it is not because of my own great strength and wisdom, but only because of the glory of God.
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