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It had been going on for years before I somehow became aware of the pattern. After Sabbath School one day, I saw my dad putting money into a tithe envelope. It wasn’t tithe. He always wrote that check at the same time he paid bills. He caught my mom’s eye and the twinkle in their eyes told me that they knew something I didn’t.

Inquiring about what was going on, my dad told me that he was getting an offering ready because it was my birthday. He explained that as a way of saying thank you to God for my brothers and me, they gave an offering on each of our birthdays every year. I felt so special because they not only gave me presents, they gave an offering because of me.

Family legacies are important. They make a difference. They can help to determine outcomes in future years. Deuteronomy 11:18 and 19, advises to pass on to our children the important teachings we have learned from our gracious Lord. “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Our Children Know

Our children know what is important to us. They feel the love and security when they are continually on our minds and in our prayers.

What legacies are we leaving for our children to follow? Do they know that we love them unconditionally and most of all yearn for them to know and love Jesus? They will understand when we talk with them about how He loves and leads.

What legacy do you want to leave your children?

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