The other day, my son-in-love dropped my kisses off to me. Normally he hurries off to his appointments, but instead we sat outside and talked as the kids played. I began to tell him how much of an honor it is that I’m able to pour into the next generation. The imprint and stamp that goes along with being a grandparent far exceeds anything I could’ve imagined. I began to tell him how I made a conscious decision to help nurture these gifts and that it’s a blessing for me to sacrifice so I can be present with them.
“Older women…encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home.” (Titus 2:3-5)
My kisses are just little babies but watching them play house, clean, cook, and nurture their dolls is so fascinating. They are preparing to be future leaders, wives, and mothers! Even as I watch my grandson break everything in my home, he’s what we are now confessing as our future engineer!
I didn’t come from a wealthy background. My grandparents didn’t leave me a sum of money when they passed away, but they left something much more valuable. While I have been thinking of ways to leave an inheritance to our grandkisses, I am reminded that what I am doing is priceless. Watching them while their parents get a break or work to provide for their families is worth so much more than money in the bank, well-invested mutual funds, and valuable heirlooms combined. The opportunities I get to spend with my kisses allow us to make memories of simple times together, with me showing them how to become men and women of God, leaving a legacy that will cause them to “rise up and call me blessed.” When I am in eternity, they will remember the songs I’ve taught them, the times we spent together in the kitchen, me teaching them bible verses and so much more. That’s an inheritance!
I want to really encourage anyone who is in my shoes, whether you’re older and raising a second generation of kids or if you’re young and feeling stuck where you are. Your story may not be mine but still be intentional about seizing each chance you have to sow into someone’s life. You may be young, college age, a single parent, married, divorced, military, a senior citizen – whatever season you’re in, make a mark in someone’s life. Leave an inheritance that really matters.
10 thoughts on “Legacy”
You are in such a privileged position with your family!. I would love to be home watching my lil people but work and preparing for my retirement has trumped my ability to be available for them (along with the distance with the two grandchildren that live out of state😱.. cherish your time and enjoy your graced position!. It truly is an honor!
It’s the impact of the legacy you leave behind. Webster’s dictionary defines legacy as, “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.” It is not bound by age or time served.
Research shows that without a sense of working to create a legacy, adults lose meaning in their life. Being reminded of death is actually a good thing, because death informs life. It gives you a perspective on what’s important.
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Family legacy means the accomplishments, beliefs, actions and guidance you demonstrate in your life – that carry forward to future generations in a fashion which allow those family members to adopt and adapt them to make their lives more meaningful and fruitful. And, THAT, you are doing superbly!
Greatest investment we all can make is in raising the next Godly generation!
This is so good!
It’s important to be intentional with our time here on earth. My dad use to say, “no one ever wishes they had spent more time at work on their death bed. You can’t take “stuff” with you. My dad left a wonderful legacy and I pray my children feel the same about me when my time comes.
Talitha I agree! Your dad is a wonderful man! He has gone from labor to reward!!
My story of legacy is very different from what I read, I plan to make a difference and although I am mid 20’s I dream of giving my family what you have provided for yours. I enjoy your entries! Thank you for sharing, I wish a lot of pastors wives were so transparent. Thank you
Sometimes people think that money is everything! It’s not. Thank you for shining the light on what is really important. Please keep sharing your experiences!
Memories are more precious than things
Treasy, since David’s passing, you have been a secret source of encouragement to me with your writings… May God continue to flow through you and bless me and the many others who read your blog