One characteristic that stands out to me when I think about legacy leavers is the way they leave a trail of hope and encouragement. I was reading in 1 Chronicles this morning and the pep talk David gave to his son Solomon stuck out to me.
“Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.” (28:20)
I wonder if those words rang in Solomon’s ears long after his dad, David, had passed away. I wonder if he thought about the courage and the faith of his dad when the weight of world became too heavy. I wonder if he thought about all times he watched his dad live out his faith. He didn’t just talk the talk. He walked the walk.
Here’s my thought today. The words of encouragement we give our children today…matter. They will think about those words long after we are gone. Those words will give them strength and peace and courage.
I can still hear my mom’s words giving me pep talks. I can still see her handwriting on a note she left in my suitcase when I was 16. “Remember to be salt and light.”
Go encourage your kids today. Leave a trail of hope.