I like the idea of leaving a spiritual legacy for my children.
While reading Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson, I found this at the end of chapter 12, “Living on Purpose.”
“In your journal, list five ways you want to leave a legacy to your children. (For example: loving relationships, moral excellence, a vibrant faith, etc.) Under each area write at least two practical goals or ways you will implement your plan this year. Make a six-month plan for specific ways you will establish routines or traditions to build these goals into your schedule.”
Since I know I have a better chance of following through on a shorter list, I decided to designate three areas in which I’d like to leave a legacy for my children.
1. A generous spirit.
– Every month, our daughters can do a few extra projects to earn money, with the specific purpose of giving the money to a needy family, a missionary, etc.
– Emphasize sharing with others – inside and outside of the family – with everything from possessions to candy to time.
2. A grateful heart.
– Buy the girls their own “gratitude journal” and each night before we do our bedtime reading, they can write down at least one thing for which they’re thankful.
– Have the girls write at least one thank you note a month, expressing gratitude to another person. I need to assign this to the first day of the month so I won’t forget!
3. A knowledge of who God is.
– During the summer, we can study an attribute of God each month and work together to memorize a verse about that attribute.
– Continue our after supper family devotional time.
What spiritual legacy would you like to leave your children?