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As the Bible study is based on the movie "Courageous" which speaks of having courage in many aspects of our lives, the title of the 6th meeting was "Leave a courageous legacy".
Former President George H.W. Bush saw his son George W. Bush follow in his footsteps and become US President on January 20th, 2001. The same goes for Archie Manning who saw his two sons (Payton and Eli) extend the tradition family by also becoming Quarterbacks in the NFL. Then Pastor Billy Graham saw his son Franklin Graham continue what his father had begun while continuing to work for God.
The expression "Like father like son" knows several examples known above all in the military world and para-military (police). Every father should be proud to see his son follow in his footsteps.
Think of your father's models that you would like to repeat with your children and those you would like to leave out. Also, the majority of children, when it comes time to grow up, seem destined to repeat the same characteristics of their parents as if they had genetically inherited it. In some cases it is good things, in other cases, not so good.
But when it comes to talking about spirituality, we can not rely on the mere fact that our children will "inherit" our faith genetically from birth, but rather we must be a role model for them by following and honoring Christ in our lives and in their lives. our houses.
If you have the opportunity at home, discuss with your spouse and your children about your father's "story" (how he was, whether he was present or absent, if he was interested in what fascinated you, etc.).
Then ask yourself 3 questions:
- What impact did the presence (or absence) of your father have on your life, your faith, your family and the choices you made in your life?
- What are the positive elements of your family that you would like to keep in your personal family?
- What are the negative elements of your family with which you still have trouble breaking chains?
In the book of Joshua 23 it says that Joshua, before dying, discourses to the people to make sure they understand who God is and how to serve him. As parents, a legacy of faith left to your children will serve as a reminder to warn your future generations.
If we focus on this fact, who has left you the best legacy of faith in your life?
Then now, ask yourself: What legacy of faith would I leave to my children later?