I’m linking in with Mom Heart today as other mums talk about what leaving a legacy means to them.

Leaving a Legacy – and what that means to me…

In our materialistic world, legacy is so tied up with possessions, an inheritance, or maybe it is about leaving a name for yourself – to be known as a person who gave to the poor, or to be known as a great businessman, a person of vision and passion. The center of such legacies is ‘self’ – there is an acknowledgement that I can’t take it with me, but I will sure be known here on the earth for years to come!

The truth be known we will always leave something here on earth. Whether we try to or not. I would like to leave something of eternal value though – something that will impact others for eternity and something that God values. To my mind, my family is something that will be left behind – and I hope it will be a family of many generations.

The legacy I want to leave behind is a legacy of the heart – a people who love God. The phrase ‘capture your child’s heart’ is a phrase that is often used, and yet I wonder if we know what we mean. To capture my child’s heart is at the base of my desire to leave a legacy – to have a family loving God, to have generations of family loving God.

To capture a child’s heart is to have their heart the same as your heart. Heart meaning: will, character, beliefs, passions, emotions – our inner most being. Does my child have the same passion as me? I don’t mean does my child love scrapbooking, but rather is my child passionate about the Lord and the things of God as I am? Does my child value character, godly character as I do? This is one aspect of ‘capturing the heart of a child’ but it is limited – because I am limited as a role model.

Instead I want God to capture my child’s heart. I want my child’s beliefs to line up with God’s beliefs. I want my child’s passions to be in keeping with the things God is passionate for. I want my child to live life showing the character of Christ. David had a heart after God’s own heart – his heart was in keeping with God’s heart. That is what I want for my children, and my children’s children.

When Jesus gave us his commandments he showed us his heart: We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. Love God, love people. This is the heart of God. This is what I want for my children, and my grandchildren.

Any legacy that I leave is going to be intertwined with the legacy that my husband desires as well. The key verse Peter has in his heart is “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14. That we live by grace and truth is his heart for his family – the legacy he wants to leave.

I am excited to see those two aspects merge together as our family legacy – that we are a people who love God, who love people and who do so balancing grace and truth.

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