by LuAnn Edwards
My parents were great examples of two people totally sold out to the Lord. They became very active in their church, faithfully serving together for 30 years until their health gave out. They left our family the legacy of their personal commitment and faithful service to the Lord.
This commitment to the Lord was not always a part of their lives, however. I grew up attending church on a not-so-regular basis. If I remember correctly, the church taught that if you became a member and took communion twice a year, you would go to heaven. Our family did the minimum; we wanted to make it into heaven! Our church was dull and lifeless. I knew there had to be more, and I needed it.
My mom, too, was searching for more. She began watching Billy Graham Crusades on television and telling me about them. We both decided we needed to find out more. We started attending a small church in our neighborhood. It had friendly people and was very lively; nothing dull or lifeless about it! There we heard about accepting the Lord into our hearts and lives and developing a relationship with Him. It was there we found Jesus!
About a year later, my dad accepted the Lord into his life as well. It was no more, “Let’s just get into heaven;” it was now, “What else can we do for our Lord?” My parents supported the church financially and became very involved. They would also faithfully pray at the kitchen table each morning for their children, grandchildren, and church family.
Years later, after moving 500 miles away, we would stay in their home when we visited. Their faithfulness in prayer touched my heart as I heard them calling out the names of their children and grandchildren to the Lord asking Him to care for them and for them to accept Him as Savior and Lord of their lives.
I, too, desire to leave a family legacy for my children and grandchildren. I would like to be remembered as a woman of faith who walked in the Spirit of Christ; a woman who loved the Lord with all her heart and found joy in worshipping her Lord and bringing Him glory; a woman who dearly loved her family and prayed for them daily and for others as well believing God would move on their behalf with blessings upon blessings; and a woman who lived for the Lord even when she thought no one was watching. What kind of lasting family legacy are you hoping to leave?
Matthew 6:20-21, But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.