“Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6, NKJV).
You’ve worked hard to establish a godly legacy in your family. Now comes the hard part: maintaining that legacy. Here are just a few things that need maintaining in order for our legacy to last for generations.
Maintaining Our Heart
The Bible says that our hearts are deceptive—beyond cure, even. (Jeremiah 17:9) Maintaining our own hearts is the biggest struggle we will face in maintaining our legacy.
A legacy that lasts is not one that we “set and forget”. Revisiting our “why” and checking our motives will establish our plans for a godly legacy as we seek to faithfully impart our heart to others.
Maintaining Our Habits
Good habits help to ensure that godly lifestyles are carried out past our generation. When those around us witness our legacy in word and deed, our legacy sticks and remains. Here are just a few habits to keep in mind:
– Be in the word of God every day.
– Be an active member of a small group.
– Serve as a committed member of a local church.
– Have an accountability partner.
Maintaining Our Health
Poor health inhibits the maintenance of a legacy. Making wise health goals and taking care of ourselves helps us to live vibrant, healthy, and well-balanced lives, giving us a legacy that endures. Some health tips to promote maintaining your legacy include:
– Having a healthy diet for strength and vitality.
– Having a consistent exercise program to stay active.
– Reading books to stay sharp cognitively.
– Having good sleep habits to stay energized in your goals.
Maintaining Our Heritage
It is not what a man owns that is his heritage. It is the people that he gets to do life with. Spending time with loved ones, ensuring that they are walking in a godly legacy helps to maintain our legacy for future generations.
This might include staying in touch with loved ones on a daily basis. Imparting our hearts and discipling them helps them to follow in your footsteps. Some creative ways to maintain the legacy of your family include:
– Touching base daily, via text or phone call.
– Writing in a Bible for a year and dedicating it to one of your family members.
– Being intentional to connect in conversation and fellowship at gatherings.
– Holding meetings to encourage a godly legacy.
Protecting against the unraveling of our legacy will be a lifetime endeavor. But it will be well worth the effort.
Yours for a Thriving Legacy,