One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” vs. 4Psalm 145:1-8
As we get older we often think of our legacy, those things which we will pass on to the next generation. For some that will involve material possessions, a generous inheritance or some precious artifacts that we have managed to collect. Those are obviously good things, particularly if they can be turned into cash and used to increase our children’s investment portfolios. (They’re not likely to be quite so thrilled with furniture or used golf clubs.) But the psalmist says that our most important bequest is the passing on of our faith. This is a toughie for many of us. Sometimes it seems as though our heirs are as little interested in our spiritual convictions as they are the contents of our closets. But the truth is that they are watching how we live, not so much the words we say, but they do notice how we practice our faith. And when they see our God connections, they are being influenced, particularly if we believe with the psalmist that “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” That good news has been passed from one generation to another for thousands of years and we can be confident that ours will not be an exception.
Thought for the Day: How is the next generation being influenced by my faith?