Father's Day Legacy

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith”.
Billy Graham

Today is Father’s day and I find myself thinking about how important character is in the legacy our Fathers leave behind. Just what is character?  Wikipedia describes it this way, “The concept of character can imply a variety of attributes including the existence or lack of  virtues such as empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty, and loyalty or of good behaviors or habits.”
I was listening to a sermon recently on adultery.  I have spoken to many women going through separation and divorce and most of these cases involve infidelity.  A mistake is one thing but when it is repeated over and over, which is the majority of the time, it is no longer a mistake but a character flaw.  
Here is what the pastor said happens in the wake of adultery
*It causes untold hurt to the wife (or husband)
*It causes confusion to the children (regardless of their ages)
*It enables the laughter of those who disrespect God 
(gives atheists reason to further doubt the existence of God)
*It greaves the heart of God

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control”
Galatians 5:22-23a

Dear Lord, we all leave a legacy of some type behind.  Please help us, in all of our imperfections, to leave a legacy to be proud of.  Not in the money we make or the things we own but in what matters, love for others and service to you.  Amen


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