March 25 (Lent, Day 24): Leaving a Legacy

March 25 (Lent, Day 24): Leaving a Legacy

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Chris Rowekamp

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.”
—Psalm 128:3-6 NIV

Yesterday we looked at the first two verses of this psalm, which explained that the person who fears the Lord will be blessed. For more context on the concept of “the fear of the Lord” check out yesterday’s post with that title.

In these verses the psalmist explains just what that blessing will be: a healthy family and a legacy that lasts for generations.

This blessing isn’t about money, and it’s not even limited to our own lifetime.

No, when we choose to fear the Lord and walk in his ways we will be creating a healthy legacy that will long outlast us.

This is wonderful news for those who grew up in less-than-perfect families (which, by the way, is all of us): we can leave our children and even our grandchildren with an inheritance much better than we received.

If you’re tempted to think that this can wait until you have kids, or that it’s too late because your children are already grown, remember this: there will never be a better day than today to choose to fear the Lord.

The choices we make today are weightier than we could ever imagine.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: Help me walk in your ways.

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