...the churches of Christ salute you! Rom 16:16

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Consider the story of Josiah from the Old Testament in 2 Chroni­cles 34. His father and grandfather were involved in many wicked things, including idol worship that threatened the entire nation. But after 8-year-old Josiah became king of Judah, he reversed that trend. At the age of 16, " the eighth year of his reign [age 16], while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year [age 20] he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten im­ages" (2 Chron. 34:3). He repaired the temple and saved a nation. Like Josiah, you can choose which things in your legacy you must dis­card, things to throw away. It's im­portant to break the cycle of evil by leaving bad and ungodly things be­hind and creating a new legacy for your own children. If you don't know God, this is the time for you to get acquainted. Legacies will be built, and they will be left behind when we pass. They are not easily broken, so the benefit from the guidance of the Word of God is so very worthy.

Anyone can chart a new course, mapping out a positive heritage to leave behind for your family and all others whose lives you touch, both in the church and out.  Parenting is a major part of this. Research suggests that most fathers will parent the way they were parented. That means only a minority of fathers will change their approach to parenting-even if their parenting is wrong! But this is probably beyond mere duty-it is more like a grave responsibility, a charge God has laid on our shoulders (Deu. 6:5-7, Eph. 6:4). Parents and grandparents alike have this impor­tant obligation before us-leaving a godly legacy for our own and all whose lives we touch, leaving an inheritance far more important than money, a legacy that influences our children and grandchildren to serve the Lord God with all their heart, and for
all their lives.


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