Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016: Forging a Legacy

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 228  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the group Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing … I Want To Be Like You, proclaiming the desire to leave a legacy of Christlikeness Christian parents desire to be for the next generation.

Highlight Passage:  Matthew 6:8 [NKJV] …  
1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, … loving favor rather than silver or gold. 
… A good name is the strongest legacy we can leave for our children.
Highlight Context … Proverbs 22:1-12 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Leaving a legacy of Godliness for those who come after us.

Reference Passage #1 … Ephesians 4:1, 6:4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Living as we’re called to live, in Christ, and raising our kids toward Christlikeness will be a strong legacy for God’s glory.

Reference Passage #2 … Galatians 5:22-23 [NKJV] …  
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 
… Living in Spirit-led fruitfulness will ALWAYS leave a legacy of Christlikeness.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Joe Stowelli, used a personal story to illustrate the need for Christians to leave a legacy of Christlikeness. He wrote: While staying in a hotel in a small town I noticed that the church across the street was having a service. People were jammed into the church with a standing-room-only crowd of both young and old flowing out onto the sidewalk. When I noticed a hearse by the curb, I realized it was a funeral. And given the crowd, I assumed that it was the celebration of the life of some local hero—perhaps a wealthy businessperson or a famous personality. Curious, I said to the desk clerk, “That’s an amazing turnout for a funeral; it must be for a famous person in town.” 
“No,” he replied. “He wasn’t rich or famous; but he was a good man.” 

 When we die, as disciples of Christ, what kind of a legacy do we want to leave for others to say of our lives, … especially our family (see attached photo)?  I would pray that I would follow the Apostle Paul’s admonition … to live a life worthy of my calling in Christ (see Eph. 4:1) and that my wife and I have, together, raised our children in the admonition of the Lord (see Eph. 6:4).

In that way, … in our fruitfulness as a Christian parents/grandparents (see Gal. 5:22-23) … I’m praying that our kids/grandkids would all want to sing, as do Phillips, Craig, and Dean in the linked song above, “I want to be like you.”

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Help my dear wife and I live in a way which honors and glorifies You to those who come after us.  Amen    

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