Friday, April 26, 2013

My Legacy


    A legacy is defined as "a thing handed down by a predecessor". While walking Christian, my  5 year old grandson, to school one morning during the 5 weeks I spent with Rebecca's family this spring I began thinking about my legacy to him and my other 7 grandchildren (3 still in the womb). When I'm gone what will they remember of me? I'm struck by my responsibility as the Bible states:

Deuteronomy 4:9 "Teach them (God's truths) to your children and to their children after them."

Deuteronomy 11:19 "Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Psalm 78:4-7 "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done."

These verses often echo in my mind. So how can I teach God's truths to my grandchildren? One way I've discovered is to tell them Bible stories. All children love stories, especially at bedtime. Christian also loves me to tell him stories as we walk together to school. During my recent visit I told the following stories, adding humor, acting out scenes, and in general entertaining with God's Word:

David & Goliah (I've told this one over and over and over! Chrisitian and I often act this one out together- with my role always Goliah!)
Noah & his boat of animals
Samson with his long hair welding a donkey's jawbone
Daniel sitting among a room full of lions
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. (The boys love to say these names!)
The many "adventures" of Paul

My advice to any grandparent is open up the Bible and share the marvelous stories you read with your grandchildren and you'll be" leaving a legacy worth leaving"!