I had a really awesome experience this morning. I get to spend the week at my grandparents. The rest of the family will be headed to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving on Thursday. But until then, it’s just me and the Grands! Love it!
So this morning after sleeping in for a while, I meandered downstairs and discovered that I was just in time to join Grandma and Grandpa for their morning scripture reading. Every morning, they sit down with their coffee, Bible, and copy of My Utmost for His Highest and read together. Grandpa opens up Utmost first and reads allowed the daily devotional. The devotional always starts with a scripture verse so when he is done reading the devotional, he opens the Bible to read the chapter from which the scripture came. After reading, the time always ends with Grandpa praying for the day’s events, family members, and God’s will to be done.
It was fantastic to listen to Grandpa read. His voice has become a bit more raspy over the years, but he still reads the entire thing out loud. Grandma would interject a statement here and there about a time that the particular verse just read was significant in her life. As I was listening to my Grandpa, considering the words written by Oswald Chambers, thinking about Grandma’s words, I was struck with how amazing the moment was.
I have always known that I am extremely blessed because of the family I am a part of. All of my grandparents have incredible relationships with Jesus, and today I was reminded about that. I remembered back over the years how every time I spent the night at one of the grandparent’s home, the morning time always included time reading scripture and praying. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in on the grandparent’s devotion time…. today, though, I was completely overwhelmed with the thought of the legacy that has been passed on to me.
There were years and days that the grandparents could have given up on their diligence in developing their relationship with Jesus. But they didn’t. And because they have remained so faithful, I have been given a very rich and deep heritage. The legacy that they are passing onto me is the kind that will never fade. It’s an eternal legacy.
It’s the kind of legacy that fuels my passion to help other families see the value in building their legacy with their own family. It’s a big reason why I believe so strongly in things like the Walk and Talk family devotional from our church. Or being faithful to talk to our kids about Jesus. Or why I believe it is never to late for parents to disciple the hearts of their children. The kind of legacy that we should pass on needs to be the eternal kind. The kind that is a testimony to the faithfulness of Jesus. It doesn’t happen over night, but neither is it ever to late to start.
During this Thanksgiving week, I would encourage you to be thankful for the legacies that have been given to you and to take time to consider the legacy that you are passing on. Is it eternal? Is it the kind of testimony that other people will look at and think “Wow… God is faithful….”? I am extremely thankful for the legacy of my grandparents and parents and I hope that my legacy can be even a small bit like theirs!