Most parents want to make a lasting impression on their children. They don’t set out to destroy the lives of their children or leave them with nothing, but this can happen when parents are not intentional about leaving a godly legacy for their children. The legacy we should want to leave should not only be a physical inheritance, but also a godly inheritance.
Let’s focus first on the physical inheritance. Do you want to have something to leave your children after you are gone? If this is you, then you need to understand how to manage your finances. Leaving a legacy starts long before you are gone. You need to plan when you begin having children. You can honor God by managing your money. This means not living in debt (as it says in Proverbs 22:7, the borrower is a slave to the lender), putting away money to save, and investing for their future. All of these things will help you leave a lasting physical legacy. You can also leave a spiritual legacy, which is even more important. You can leave a lasting spiritual legacy by getting involved in a church, reading the Word with your children, and putting God first so they can see how important God is as the foundation of your life.
Leaving a legacy is important in raising your children. In a time when we as a society only focus on the here and now, Christians need to focus on the future and leaving a lasting impact on the next generation.