I don’t remember exactly when my dad gave his life to the Lord because we grew up attending church.
But I remember when his life began to change.
He became fiery in faith.
He organized meetings and daylong prayer rallies. He attended seminars and preached the word of God. He didn’t mind his name being dragged through the mud or threats of excommunication from church.
He’d always been rather headstrong (to put it rather mildly) and the challenges worked right into his nature.
Dad went to be with the Lord five years ago.
In the last days at the hospital, he requested to meet with us (kids) individually.
He probed, asked questions, queried decisions and directions, advised and counseled.
Much later, we realized he wanted a feel of where everyone was. His last days were prayer-soaked days.
After he passed away, incredible things began to happen.
Mind-blowing breakthroughs and blessings began to flow into our lives.
Child of A Righteous Man
Last week I was praying about some needs and was reading David (the Psalmist) words aloud.
“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25 (emphasis mine)
I realized that my confidence in God does not lie in my ‘righteousness’ alone.
I have what I call a “double blessing” – my dad’s legacy and my own relationship with God.
The kind of life I enjoy now did not begin with me.
It began with my father.
He put his life in order first and then handed over the baton.
The Power of Parental Blessing.
What you do with your life now will echo down generations to come.
Am not just talking about typical parenting, but parenting in the spiritual sense as well. Or any other place we have direct influence or authority.
We don’t always see the impact of our actions and lives. Especially not the hard times.
Like any family, ours was not a perfect home. We had issues like everyone else. But God remained in our midst.
It’s not about the perfect times, but the imperfect ones. Those hard times when you grit your teeth and do what needs to get done.
A great legacy is intentional.
An inheritance for your children does not come from squandering opportunities and vain living.
Blessings need to perch on your before you can pass them on.
You may not see how chasing your dreams, pursuing purpose, switching off the TV, going to church, standing up for truth e.t.c affects your legacy.
Yet those simple – and not so simple – intentional acts do.
It becomes harder for those that come after you to make room for God (and all He stands for) when you don’t make room for Him first.
Today I can confidently say “I am a child a righteous man, I will not beg bread“.
What a powerful thing for a child to be able to say!
When your seed sees the faithfulness of God to you and to His word, they will want to serve Him.
When they see what God has done for you, they will be encouraged in their walk of faith when things get tough (cos they will).
They will desire to walk in your steps, for they have witnessed what God does for the righteous.
Proverbs 13:22a “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children..”
Question – What are your thoughts on generational blessings?