As a parent, I often think about the stories I’ll pass on to my kids. Pouring into the next generation has become more important to me especially as my kids get older. Am I helping pass along the Filipino heritage of my mom and dad? Am I instilling into my kids the work ethic of my parents and Julianne? More importantly, am I sharing my faith with my kids so that they are able to decide for themselves what their faith means to them?
I recently heard at Kensington Orion that we are only one generation away from either losing the knowledge of God or from making life changing impact through the stories we tell the next generation of how Christ impacted our lives. Through how we are living our own lives, are we creating stories of impact that can be an influence to future generations to carry on our legacy as parents as well as the message of Jesus Christ?
Think about it terms of the history of the United States. Have we really done a good job at passing down the spirit of those that founded this great country through the stories that made this country so great? Simple things like the history of U.S. Presidents, capitals of the states or even more recent events like 9/11 have lost some of their meaning to those that never experienced them. These stories remain important and shouldn’t be minimized.
If you are in any position of leadership, I believe it’s vitally important for us to constantly think about what it is we want to pass along to those that come after us. Are we providing every opportunity for those that we lead to learn and grow? I think about my own faith and how that has come to shape my life over the last 5 years. I get so excited when I think about how God has blessed my life and my family. I am now thinking about the stories I want my kids to tell my grandkids so that they will able to feel the influence Jesus Christ had on my life even after I’m gone. I’m reminded of Paul’s message to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. (2 Timothy 1:5-8 NLT)
What stories are you preparing for future generations? I hope they are good and memorable, otherwise you might be left with this…