“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut. 6:4-7
As I hold my father’s Bible, I reflect on his life. He taught much from it, both from the pulpit and in conversations as we went about our daily activities.
I would sit in his office as a child, sometimes asking a question or sharing a comment as he studied for upcoming sermons. When I was a seventh grader, we waited together in the dentist office, talking about various theological views in light of God’s Word. Through the years we often talked about God’s character, His faithfulness, and His promises. More recently, we talked about ministry challenges and blessings.
My father taught through his words and his actions. Even in his final days, we watched and learned from his faith in God and his longing to go “home.”
Even though we are now apart, he continues to encourage and instruct me by the various quotes and reminders he wrote in his Bible. Here are some of my favorites on the topic of faith:
“The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.”
“ Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death.”
“Faith is when belief becomes action.”
“Nothing in His control is ever out of control.”
As I reflect on Dad’s life, the lessons he taught, and on his funeral last month, I’m reminded of a quote I heard him often share: “Soon you will read in the paper that I am dead. Don’t believe it for a moment. I will be more alive than ever before” (D. L. Moody). Thank you, Dad, for leaving such a beautiful legacy of faith!
Dear Lord, You are the Author and Finisher of our faith, yet You choose to encourage us through the testimony and faith of those who surround us. Help me today to trust You fully. Please use my life to pass on a legacy of faith to those who follow me. Amen.
What type of legacy will you leave to those who follow? Are you prioritizing the values of the Kingdom of God? If your time and affection is being given to things of no eternal value, confess those areas of your life to God and re-center your life on Jesus.
Further reading: The memory you leave behind.