Hi everyone. Spring has finally come to the south. At least this week it has…the dogwoods and azaleas are out in bloom and pollen is everywhere! Alabama gold dust!
It is my prayer that you have been following us in our monthly blogs about the 7 “F”s in my Legacy and have examined your faith last month. During the month of April, we are reaching our hand out to you to help with leadership within your Family. That’s right, Family is our Legacy topic for this month
Family is one of the most important groups in the plan of God. After all, He created the family before He created the church! Christian families are under attack from Satan daily. He would love nothing more than to ruin each of our families and it is up to us to defend our families against his attacks. Families are split because of sin, jealousy, financial problems, infidelity and so many other causes and Christian families are not immune to divorce. The rates are staggering. According to Shaunti Feldhahn, in her book The Good News About Marriages, the divorce rate among Christians is around thirty three percent. That shows how diligently the Evil one is trying to dissolve our Christian families.
God gave the man in the family the role of leadership, but we know that too often, men don’t take their spiritual leadership places and when that happens, it is up to us to fill in that gap. We all know women who are the spiritual leaders in their households, whether they are single parents or moms, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, they wind up with that responsibility. We may attend church with moms who have that role and we need to encourage them often. We may be that spiritual leader and depend upon God to lead and guide us. Let us commit to do our best not become a statistic in the family breakup arena.
Our families are our most important asset and also responsibility. If we don’t lead them into a growing, daily walk with God then we have failed in our duty as parents. The most important commodity that we can leave them as a legacy is not a material possession, riches, lands, tangible properties, but a living saving, daily relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
Billy Sunday, a famous evangelist in the early 1900s was credited with winning many souls to the Lord, but ultimately lost his three sons to alcohol, and riotous living. Reverend Sunday and his wife, Nell, spent their lives on the road holding evangelism meetings all over the country and left the care of their three boys in charge of a nanny. The oldest committed suicide after being arrested for drunkenness and auto theft, one died while driving home from a party drunk and the third son was killed when his airplane crashed. All of them died lost without a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ according to records. God forbid that we lose our families while we help lead others to the Lord.
April is the month of Easter and once again, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate this glorious holiday, may we all teach our families about the significance of the day. May we celebrate the Lamb and not the bunny!