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Two Ways To Leave A Worthy Legacy In Your Golden Years

Many Christians have heard of the infamous words of the warrior Joshua in Joshua 24:15: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” While some individuals believe that this God honoring advice is best implemented in young couples starting to raise a family, it can actually be contemplated throughout even your golden years as you consider what kind of legacy you will leave for your children, grandchildren, and even generations to come. If you’ve recently begun to wonder about about the legacy you’ll leave behind, continue reading to learn about two ways to live out your faith in a powerful way that will leave a worthy legacy:

Be Open About Your Faith

In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, God explains that His followers should put His commandments on their hearts. Additionally, talking about your faith and what it means to you “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road” is encouraged in Deuteronomy as a way to leave a legacy for your children. Being open about your faith and not afraid to share what God has done in your life will help your family members to know exactly what you believe and where you stand.

As you spend time with family, be sure to tell them about why faith is important to you. By hearing your story firsthand and seeing the love of God shining in your life, other family members can be impacted to follow in your footsteps of faith. In other words, if your faith is an an important part of your life, make sure that you communicate that to your loved ones– your example will not be quickly forgotten.

Respond to Needs with Compassionate Prayer (or Service)

There are billions of needs needing to be met in the world today– homes for the homeless, food for the starving, and even joy to an old friend who has been traveling through a dark time in their life (to name a few). With so many problems in the world, it has become easy for many individuals to simply give up on looking for any hope, to concede that the world is a dark place and there’s not really anything they can do about that fact.

In actuality, however, there are many things that you can do about the problems of the world. In Matthew 9:36, we learn that Jesus saw the crowds with all of their problems and he “had compassion on them.” When considering all of the darkness, evil, and pain in the world, which issues do you find most disconcerting? Once you’ve answered that question, ask yourself another: What can you personally do about that issue?

If tangible action (such as sponsoring a child to fight child hunger) is impossible for any reason, consider the simple power of prayer. Praying for those involved in difficult circumstances not only is the act of interceding for them before God, but providing a legacy example for family members by communicating a clear message: when problems arise, turn to God. As you continue to live out your golden years, set an example “in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.”

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