from Psalm 78
Give ear, O my people, to my law:
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable:
I will utter dark sayings of old:
Which we have heard and known,
and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
showing to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD,
and His strength,
and His wonderful works
that He has done.
That the generation to come might know them,
even the children which should be born;
who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep His commandments.
Last night at church we heard a message from 1 Samuel 7:12.
Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, “Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.”
The preacher encouraged us to set landmarks as tributes to the times when God has worked on our behalf—reminders that the God who got us this far will carry us the rest of the way. Not only does this bolster our individual faith, but it also encourages those who come behind us, namely, our children and grandchildren.
Do you want to see your children and grandchildren continue to walk with God in their adulthood? Then make sure they know that God is real, that God loves them and cares for them, that they cannot survive one minute without Him, and that He is waiting to pour out rich blessings upon all who obey Him. Show them by your example that serving God is a joy, and that there is no greater joy. Openly give God the credit for your victories and blessings. Openly take to Him your failures and burdens. Pray together as a family, and watch God answer those prayers.
Create a legacy of godliness. And write it down. Maybe you don’t think of yourself as a writer. Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be read. Memories that aren’t recorded are lost.
Perhaps there is a teenager or young adult in your family or circle of friends who would love to sit down and listen to your stories, record them, and then transcribe them. That way all you have to do is tell the stories, and they can do the work of putting them down on paper.
There are also journals you can purchase that have questions for you to answer, in case you don’t know where to start in your writing. These are really great, but I’ll warn you: They may convert you into a family historian of sorts. I’ve had to go to my mom and dad for answers to some of the questions. Those interviews yielded their own reward.
A prayer journal is also an excellent resource for this, as is your Bible. When you reach a milestone in your life, a major turning point where God did something supernatural for you, write it down in the back of your Bible, or in your prayer journal, and be sure to include the date and any verses of Scripture that God used as He spoke to your heart.
You may think you are a nobody, but everyone is a somebody to somebody. Don’t let your memories die with you. Write them down, or let someone else write them down. All your stories are valuable, especially to your family. But the ones that carry eternal value are the ones that speak of what God has done in, for, and through you. I am working on my memoirs, to leave for my children. What about you?
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Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2018