Legacy is a word that I do not usually hear on a regular basis. As I talk with students, the words I usually hear is 'abandonment, divorce, cheating, abuse, and pain.' What is going to be the result of a generation that is basically over 40% of students do not have a Father in their life? Many say that it will be catastrophic. I believe that through the grace of Christ we can see students who have not seen a legacy of faith in God overcome it! I am already encouraged by stories of students learning to love their parents despite the pain and pray for their salvation. That is a legacy in the making!
[gallery order="DESC" columns="2"] My father has already shown me what it means to be faithful to the call of God. He raised me and my three brothers, Jeff, Jordan and Justin to be focused upon the gospel of Christ. Many times growing up I was frustrated at why being a pastor's son was so difficult. We had expectations from people in the church that were hard to live up too. I remember telling myself I would not want to be in the ministry due to dealing with mean people within the church. The ironic part is that I'm serving in the ministry! God has a great sense of humor. What I learned from My Dad (and continue too) that "success" is not about being a well-known speaker, writer or pastor. It is being faithful to loving people enough to share the life changing gospel of Christ. My Dad has a living legacy that has impacted a multitude of people. He has been faithful in the little things! - Sharing the gospel outside of church (and sermons) - Being faithful to my Mom - Walking the talk - Investing in his family (integrity - children will know if you are the real deal or not).
I'm grateful for my Father's ongoing encouragement to me. I realize that I'm blessed beyond what I deserve. The legacy that he has shown me is a direct result of the life changing love of Christ.