Your Fathering Legacy – Part 2

Write Down Your Legacy Now!

In my last post, I raised with you the idea of firmly establishing your fathering legacy. The first question you may have is. “Okay, does this really work?

Fortunately, the answer is found in the first two verses of Psalms 112. “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in is commands. His children will be mighty in the land; each generation of the upright will be blessed.”

Note that if YOU fear the Lord and delight in His commands, then you have the promise that your children will be mighty in the land. God will reward the father who establishes a godly fathering legacy.

My friend, being a father is not just another job on the long list of jobs that you have been assigned. Rather, it is a way to affect countless people and not just your direct descendants, but ALL the people that they influence as well. Thus, you can impact literally thousands of lives in the future through what you pour into your children’s lives.

In short, you can leave a mark on this world that is beyond your wildest hopes and dreams. Now contrast that your work. What long-run impact will that really have?

So if you want true greatness, don’t look for a promotion or fame or power or wealth. Look instead for godliness – and a lot of time invested in your children.

Dad, I am asking you to invest your life in that which will really last. Only two things are eternal: the word of God and people. Your children are eternal – and your grandchildren, and so forth down through the generations.

So begin RIGHT NOW to write down what you wish to leave as your fathering legacy. There’s nothing more significant that you can do as a father.

Your Fathering Legacy

NOTHING Is More Important

How much thought have you given to your fathering legacy? If you are like most men, probably not too much. I hadn’t until I was presented with this concept. Yet it is one of the most important matters each of us who are fathers will ever deal with.

Why is it so important? Because your fathering legacy lasts far after you are gone. Many generations are affected. Two Bible verses – Exodus 20: 5-6 – show that a father can send the darkness of sin down through the next four generations OR he can send the love of God down through a thousand generations.

But what if I am caught in the former cycle? What if my dad – and granddad – blew it bad? You can break the cycle. You can be the one to draw the line in the sand and declare, as one dad told me, “My message to my kids is I represent a transition generation. From this point on, our family legacy will change.”

I ask you to reflect on what fathering legacy you want to leave. I will then ask you to actually write it down in my next post – after I’ve shared a few more ideas about it.

Your reflection time can take into account the four things kids say they want in a fathering legacy:

  • values and faith
  • love and affection
  • good communication
  • a lifestyle worthy of emulation