My husband is a pastor. We have a small church in an indigenous community about 80 kilometres south of where we live. This past Sunday he preached a message he called, “What am I leaving behind?” He read from Joshua 4. The children of Israel had just crossed the Jordan River on dry ground after the Lord parted the waters for them (once again). Once on the other side, the Lord told Joshua to collect 12 stone from the Jordan River to make a memorial. Why? “That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” Joshua 4:6-7
My husband went on to talk about how the church was their memorial for the community to share with their children what the Lord has done for them and the community. He asked them where they saw the church in 5, 10, 20 years. Will it still be here as a church? Will they share the Gospel with their children and grandchildren, so the church will continue to be a memorial to their children?
All this got me thinking personally. What am I leaving behind for my children?
I came up with a list of a few things I want to work on to leave behind for my children…
- My faith and trust in God. I want to pursue Christ so passionately that my children will see that in my life, and desire it for their own.
- Compassion for others. I want my children to have a servant’s heart, and have a desire to help others and bring them to Christ.
- Love of learning. I want my children to love to learn, to explore, to not settle with mediocre, to always want to be better.
- And lastly, but very important, to love the Lord with all their heart and soul and mind. Because I believe that if they do this, everything else will fall into place.
I pray that as I work on mastering these areas in my life that I can pass them onto my children, my children’s children, and so on.
How about you? What do you want to leave behind? What do you want to be your memorial?