Erma Bombeck wrote a column about the conflicts that sometimes occur when siblings divide family items after a parent has died. Whether it is the mixing bowls or the Christmas ornaments, people are often convinced that they alone should have a certain item. Bombeck said she never wanted a item to remember her parents because their true legacy was the way they lived and not what they left behind. It is the life that you have led, the example that you have set, that will matter the most. I know that my momma and daddy left me a legacy, an example of faithfulness and commitment, promise keeping, truthfulness, integrity and faith. Those are the things that have made the difference in my life through the years. The writer of Proverbs says, “Those who fear the Lord are secure. He will be a refuge for their children.” I hope all of us will commit to leaving behind a legacy of faithfulness to the Lord and a commitment to Jesus Christ. The greatest thing that could happen for our children and our grandchildren is that they could come to know that Jesus is their Savior, that God is faithful, that the Bible is true, and that their greatest source of strength can be found in the Lord. That is a legacy that has eternal significance.
– Dr. Tim Thompson