Genesis 18:19 (God chose Abraham) to train his children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly, and generously and fairly.
Lessons for Living Today:
All training (or lack thereof) spans generation. Of all training that takes place, parental training is the most far reaching. Parents don’t just train how to do tasks but they pass on character and ethic. If children don’t get that from their parents—they don’t get it. What you are in your home is what you are at the core of your being. God chose Abraham to be the father of a nation because He saw in Abraham a strong core. Abraham put God first, lived kindly, generously and fairly with all others. God wanted those qualities passed on to future generations.
As parents we have an up-line—God. Our relationship with God determines how we parent and relate to all others. Abraham set the bar high and his descendants looked to him for an example of how to live right before God. They learned by observing him that since God was first in his life the result was kindness, generosity and fairness. Those character traits were instilled in his descendants and held as the standard for living.
God, our up-line, stands ever ready to be of service. He knows we can’t change the past but He offers hope for the future. Our legacy may be flawed but He looks for the gems among the stones. Let us look for the gems in others and polish them to brilliance. The future of society depends upon the quality of our parenting today. Let’s look for the good in our children, expose it, encourage it, and train in the ways of God. Our children and future generations are our legacy. What we do and say today echo’s down throughout our descendants. We can turn the tide of our society.
God’s Question: Will your legacy include My character?
God’s Promise: My ever-present help is available to you.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for helping us parent even in our weakness.
I am sorry I didn’t emulate you more before our children.
Thank You for Abraham’s example and Your guidance.
Help me leave a legacy that draws future generations to You.