Not long ago, I mentioned the lists that my husband and I have made of 100 things we would like to do in our lifetime. A few items on the list are things that we would like to provide for our children as they get older.
While those are goals that I hope we’ll be able to reach, I have also realized that there is an even more important legacy I would like to leave our children. It has nothing to do with material things or financial security, but is a rich spiritual and moral heritage, much like the one I feel my parents have passed down to me.
Thinking in that light, here are three things that I would like to leave our daughters.
1. A love for God. There is nothing more important that we could pass on to our children. If they love God, they will seek His will, live in His grace, and have a heart for others.
2. Character. This should naturally follow from number one, but its importance can’t be overemphasized. I want our girls to be known for doing the right thing no matter what. Having character will cause them to be faithful wives, loving mothers, diligent workers, and upright citizens.
3. Meaningful relationships. Life is all about people and how we interact with them. I desire our girls to be able to give and receive love from their family and friends and have the ability to maintain healthy, God-honoring relationships.
If I want to pass these qualities on to our girls, then I must work at having them myself. As we progress through our days together, I can then help our girls begin to develop these traits in their own lives.
What’s a legacy you would like to leave to your children?