Friday, February 14, 2014

Leaving a Legacy

For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalms 100:5
Isn’t it funny how old photographs seem to take on a life of their own? They have the ability to transport us back to another time and bring back memories and stories long forgotten.

This Valentine’s Day, I had the opportunity to help my mom sort through some family photo albums. Each one held a treasure trove of memories. We started pointing out different physical resemblances passed down in our family.

Wow, he does look like me,” I said, comparing my baby picture to my youngest son.”

My mom smiled. “Yeah, I told you. He has your smile!’

Soon, pictures of my grandparents caught my attention.  No one could deny we were family.  We all shared similar features.

The old photos showed my grandparents’ legacy. They not only passed down family resemblances, but a legacy of love and faith. They loved their kids, grandkids and great grandkids, spending time in prayer for each of us. They are in heaven now, but the love and the wisdom they passed on, remains in my heart.

It’s amazing how God can use others to influence us and show his love.

My grandparents' love, faith in Jesus and words of wisdom had a major influence in my life. So this Valentine’s Day has me thinking about ways I can leave a legacy of love and faith for my family. I hope that I can follow their example.

Who has left the biggest influence in your life?  Please feel free to share below.

Thank you for reading and keep Shining for Him!


  1. I agree with you that Mom and Dad did have a big Christian influence on us when we were growing up. All three of us siblings studied the Bible and had prayer vigils a lot at home and went to many revival services. It left a lasting Christian impression on us that we all took with us into adulthood. Great post, Rachel!

    1. Yes, they were two very special people. I've been thinking a lot about them lately. Thanks for commenting. God bless.

  2. Rachel, I hope I'm leaving a legacy of love and faith for my family, too. I've been blessed to have those things handed down to me so I pray I'm doing the same.

  3. Thanks for your comment, Cheryl. It is such a blessing to be able to look back and remember those people that The Lord has used in our lives. I know I wouldn't be the same person without their influence in my life. Blessings to you today. - Rachel