MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.
And the glory of the children is their father. Proverbs 17:6
One of the board members of the Caribbean school to which I was assigned showed me exceptional kindness. He dropped by regularly with gifts of fruits and vegetables, and always inquired about my well-being.
After two years, my assignment ended, and during my farewell event, he approached me. “I’ve been meaning to ask you whether you’re related to someone I used to know. Your last name is the same as his.” I listened. “When I was a teenager, my church youth group visited your island for joint activities with the teenagers there. The 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 told him that I knew the man he was talking about. 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 when I realized what an impact his kindness had made, and how it had benefitted me, my heart embraced him with all the strength it had. His legacy of kindness affirmed him to be the lovable, desirable, worthy man I always imagined. His contribution to my life registered real and unforgettable.
Christian author, Ellen White states that is important for the father to "be controlled by the love and fear of God … that he may guide the feet of his children in the right way.” Through his act of kindness, my father’s guidance continued even after his death. With every other good inheritance, may fathers leave for the children a legacy of faith and kindness!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you all the human fathers who have left legacies of faith and kindness for their children. May their children do the same for the next generation, 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
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