Imagine with me for a moment the following scene:
You have gone to meet Jesus face-to-face. All those you have known and loved along the way are gathered together for a celebration of life service, your funeral. A pastor guides the service and there are several people who stand and say cool things about you, they eulogize you. They share stories about the qualities of your character and how doing life with you made an impact on their lives. Then your grandchildren speak. What do they say about you? What aspects of your character do they remember and highlight?
The great thing about reading and thinking about these questions now is that we still have time to influence their answers.
By God’s grace working in and through us, we can take some decisive steps in our daily lives to purposefully influence the end of our stories. When we structure our lives to think, act and pray generationally we are setting the stage for a lasting spiritual legacy.
One of my favorite passages that inspires me to be intentional in thinking, acting and praying generationally is Psalm 71:17-18:
O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come. (ESV)
The Psalmist remembers the goodness of God from his youth and longs to use the last season of his life to share with emerging generations what he has seen and savored concerning the greatness of God. He’s my hero and I want to be like him.
So, what kind of spiritual legacy do you want to establish for your grandchildren and the generations to come? Let’s start with prayer.
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