Spirituality takes time, effort, and discipline in God’s Word: giving, sharing, being Jesus to all we meet. Leaving a spiritual legacy means keeping our spiritual muscles in shape and never looking back.
5 Tips For Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
- Some grandparents choose to leave a scrapbook filled with photographs with captions of what made those special. That may be a solution for you.
- Or you may be a storyteller. Storytellers have existed since the beginning of time. Our ancestors used stories to pass along family heritage. Consider recording yourself sharing your story so others can benefit.
- We can also accomplish leaving a spiritual legacy through essays, letters, biographies, poetry, creative writing, memoirs, or planning a journaling Bible.Even Jesus journaled. If in doubt take a look at the red-letter edition of His Word.
- Many of you have already left a written legacy because of who you are. Perhaps you’ve embarked upon a memoir. You may have developed your family’s genealogy and taken stories of your own life and recorded them, showing life struggles and victories, failures, and wisdom. Some of you have taken another step and written stories about your grandparents, aunts, and uncles who were special to you.Some of our life happenings are humorous. Others are not. Include them all. The best-written legacies are those that use sensory perception and show us as real people.
- For my grandchildren’s spiritual legacy, I chose three journal Bibles in my favorite version for each child. I read through one Bible each year and personalized it with notes unique for that child, thoughts about Scripture, passages their father had memorized, truths I wanted them to remember, lots of love, comments I felt came from God, and I challenged them to live for Jesus every moment of their lives.
Isaiah 55:11 ESV
So shall my word be that goes out from my moth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Grandparents, life is a journey that strengthens us, and when we share our values, experiences, and lessons learned, others are strengthened.
God may be calling you to get serious about leaving a spiritual legacy. Don’t worry about whether the gift is well received. Leave the outcome to God. After all, He already knows what He will do with your gift.