Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Legacy are You Leaving?

By: Shari A. Miller

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Sometimes we all think that we have all the time in the world.

Time to visit a loved one tomorrow, time to play catch with our sons another day, time to get down on the floor and play dolls as we here our daughter's laughter echoing throughout the house.

The truth is we don't even know if we have tomorrow. Nothing is a guarantee.

I don't know if you've heard about a knew app that's out, called Periscope. I's a live streaming app that allows you to talk to friends in all places of the world. You can go from the the states, to Paris, London, Germany, and back to the states again within the blink of an eye.  It's an absolutely   wonderful tool that allows you to grow your business, learn about the world, and gain Christian encouragement all at the same time.


It can also be something else. A huge distraction.

Just like all new electronic advances that are out there, it can take precious time away from our families.

The other day I was watching a very talented woman talk about her cake baking business, while her precious children were vying for her attention. My heart broke. Each time they approached her she waived them off with a not now sweetie. I wanted to wave my red flag through the screen and say, "No, Stop! You think this is just a one time experience, but the one time of telling them to go away can quickly turn into two, and before you know it the years have past and they are grown and gone."

What are we gonna do about it moms?

What kind of legacy will we be leaving for our children? One in which we are present and focused on them, our one in which we are focused on everything but.

Now, please hear me out.  I'm not saying all apps or advances in technology are bad. What I'm saying is, before we even start, we have to draw a line in the sand as to how much we will use them.

Once we become intentional with our time, we can then begin to look at what type of legacy we will be leaving.

For me, the following are just some of the ways I have found that work, when I am being more intentional and working on leaving a legacy for my family.

1. We need to examine and keep consistent in our relationships with God. We need to meet with Him daily, being in His Word and praying so we can seek what His will is for out lives, and how He wants us to mature in Him. If we don't meet with Him daily it is so easy to let things slide and let the enemy take a foothold. When we are in constant communion with the Savior it's easier to listen to His voice and obey His call.

2. When we meet with God we need to ask Him what type of goals He wants us to be working towards. When we set goals, and actually write them out and put them somewhere where they can easily be seen, it's a great reminder of where our hearts and minds need to be. These goals can range to anything and everything, from how we want to spend time with our family, what types of values and characteristics that we want to instill in our children, to what our personal and business goals look like.

3.  Once we've had consistent daily time with God, and set out our goals for our life's direction we need to make sure that after God, family comes second in our lives. Absolutely nothing should take the place of our family. Enjoy your babies while you have them. Let the house work and the extra activities wait. Let them see that other than God, and your husband, they mean more to you than anything.

These are just a few of the ways that you can practice on working to make a memorable legacy for your loved ones and others around you.  In what ways do you practice leaving an intentional legacy for your children?

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

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