Sundown Devotional: Tribute to A Father's Legacy
Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on a father's legacy. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!
And the glory of the children is their father. Proverbs 17:6
When I showed up for my teaching assignment, I weighed less than ninety-nine pounds. This may have impacted the school board members with the need to feed me. Truth is, like most Caribbean islanders, they were usually generous with their homegrown produce.
One of the school board members was exceptionally kind. Though we never spent time together, he regularly dropped by with his top-quality gifts of fruits and vegetables, and always inquired about my well-being. His hospitality exceeded our expectations when my fiancé visited.
After two years, my assignment ended, and during my farewell event, he approached me. “I’ve been meaning to ask you."
I listened. “When I was a teenager, my church youth group visited your island for joint activities with the young people there. One young man was extremely kind to me. We became friends and made plans for him to visit me, but he died before it happened.”
I answered his questions, he answered mine and then he sighed, “I am sorry that I never got the chance to return his kindness.”
“But you did,” I assured him. “You returned it to his daughter.”
My father died before I was old enough to remember him, but in that moment, my heart embraced him with all the strength it had. I had benefited from his legacy of kindness which affirmed him to be the lovable, desirable, worthy man I always imagined. His contribution to my life registered real and unforgettable.
Today, I applaud the presence of fathers in their children's lives. I also know that when they are absent, legacies of their virtues or vices boost the children's faith or folly. Would that fathers "be controlled by the love and fear of God and by the teaching of His Word, that he may guide the feet of his children in the right way.” (Ellen G. White)
With every other good inheritance, may fathers leave for the children a character image of glory and a legacy of faith!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you all the human fathers who live by Your principles of godly parenting. May their children appreciate the spiritual legacy left for them, and glorify You as the cause for the glory they see in their fathers, In Jesus' name, Amen.
Ten Quotes About A Father's Legacy
- “The father who has selflessly poured himself into the life of his children may leave no other monument than that of his children. But as for a life well lived, no other monument is necessary.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
- “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ―Shannon Alder
- “If you can successfully raise a child in this day in age to have integrity then you have left a legacy that future generations will benefit from.” ―Shannon L. Alder
- “The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives.” ―Billy Graham
- “Beautiful is the man who leaves a legacy that of shared love and life. It is he who transfers meaning, assigns significance and conveys in his loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This man shall be called, Father.” ―Stella Payton
- “A large part of my father's legacy is the lesson he taught his sons. He brought us together and said, 'The measure of a man is how well he provides for his children.’” ―Sidney Poitier
- “There are many things for which I owe gratitude to my dad. Most of all, I am grateful to the only man who could love my mother more than me.” ―Ron Mayes
- “The greatest legacy a father can leave for his children before he departs is PEACE, otherwise his properties will go in PIECES sooner that he dies.” ―Israelmore Ayivor
- Parenting is not something you do so much as who you are. . . You are a father. You are in the process of shaping a life and leaving a legacy.” ―Mandi Hart
- “Our founding fathers started this country and built it on God and His Word, and this country sure would be a better place to live and raise our children if we still followed their ideals and beliefs.” ―Phil Robertson
- Sundown Devotional: The Children God Gave Us
What if we accept our children as our most precious gifts from God? Would we chase away the bad one saying that he is more than we can handle? Would we credit our genes for the success of the smart one?
- Sundown Devotional: Procrastination In Our Spiritual Lives
Felix's story illustrates the effects of procrastination. We can relate to the self-inflicting sabotage which results from delay. We can also decide to prevent this danger in our spiritual lives.
© 2020 Dora Weithers