In my new book, The Master’s Plan, I talk about the responsibility of parents to leave a lasting Christian Family Legacy to their children. What we leave behind after our transition to heaven matters to God. We call it a Legacy because it is something that will impact many lives after we die, least of which is our children.
The most important Legacy that you can leave for your children is your humility.
I bet you that most who read this will say they are humble. I wonder what your children would say? Their opinion is what you leave behind, not what you believe to be true. So how do you make sure that you have left a Legacy of humble, servant leadership?
Michael Wells tells a story of a man who had suffered abuse as a child that ended in his spending nearly the next forty years in counseling. He would tell the counselors of the beatings, show the scars, and he would do all kinds of exercises to release him from the memories. Michael listened to his story and wondered what would Jesus say to this man. Well the Lord gave him this response, “Listen very carefully, for Jesus has told me what to say to you. It is only one word, but if you receive it, it will change the course of your life forever. If you do not listen, well, amen.” The guy leaned forward to listen and Michael told him the word, “Booooooring!” He just stared at him, and Michael repeated, “Boooooring!”
Seems a bit harsh, but stay with me. Michael wanted to know why he had not gotten a life. Although it was a terrible shame that he had such a tough early life, it is a greater tragedy that he wasted the last forty years because of it. Michael explained that he was sick of himself as well. That he was exhausted from thinking about himself.
You see, self-life is BORING. Jesus is in no way boring.
Take this challenge because I am working on it as well. Try going one hour without thinking about yourself. Frankly, it will probably take you months to honestly not think of yourself for one hour. Then extend the time until you are able to not think of yourself for an entire day. Then move it to one week.
It will become the best week of your life, I promise. The challenge is to get a life, Christ’s life. There is nothing His nearness will not cure. To be happy one must give himself to something bigger and greater than oneself. The thing far greater than man is God. He is the one who supports us. He is our Master and giving Him time and attention will bring a plethora of blessings and joy.
What is the one secret of a happy marriage?
To place most of your attention on Jesus and then on each other, with far less attention on self. I may have mentioned this before, but I have written on every page of my journal, “Think of myself less”. It is a constant daily reminder to think of others more. Your life and nourishment and joy come from the vine. We are all attached to Jesus as the vine and we are the branches. Only He can satisfy our hearts desire!
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall: but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint. ~Isaiah 40 29-31
“So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” ~ Isaiah 41: 10-11
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By Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.