Sunday, June 21, 2015

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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