Heritage:- Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition
Monday night we celebrated my dad's 76th birthday. Is it sometimes hard for you to think of your parents as "old people"? It is for me. I will turn 50 this year. I do not think of myself as old on any given day. So I guess by not thinking of my own Senior years creeping towards me, I also avoid thinking of my parents as elderly.
As the birthdays come and go, I briefly realize that time is flying. I wonder that my life has been blessed and covered with a heritage that is an awesome gift for me to ponder.
My parents raised me to live the Golden Rule. To put others first. To be considerate and mannerly...to be kind. To have respect for life, for others, for property, for self... a moral uprightness, so to speak.
But the greatest heritage they passed down was what they were taught by their parents. Belief in the God of the Bible. Our Heavenly Father. The gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection. And this is the greatest knowledge I can pass on to my children. As they take this faith, and walk in it, I know the day will come where it is not just "the faith they were taught", but will become their own "personal intimate faith." Walking in the truth - Acknowledging God's presence with them.
I am grateful to my mom and dad for the heritage they passed on. As my own leave the nest, I pray the blessed heritage continues. Generations before me spent a lifetime working to keep this going. I pray I have honored their lives by keeping the flame alive. I pray we have honored God by pressing it into our children with His hand of grace helping us. A lifetime of walking and talking with God. It is a heritage of the highest blessings. It is a journey. May my kids experience it and be blessed.