I've often heard many inspiring messages within the homeschool community about "leaving a legacy". Often, after hearing such a speech or reading a similar article, those warm fuzzies rise within my chest and my spirit cries out, "Yes! That's what I want!" I've even incorporated the word "legacy" into the name of our local homeschool co-op. But exactly what is a legacy, and what how do we leave one? The idea can seem vague and even a bit illusive to define.
This morning I had an "ah-ha" moment; one of those times when the Lord opened my eyes in a wonderful way, speaking truth straight to my heart. The assigned scripture from my read-through-the-bible-in-(more than)-a-year plan was from First Chronicles. During this time period of Israel's history, King David is on the throne. Although he desired to build a permanent temple for the Lord, David was told that it would be his son, Solomon, who would build the temple instead. David humbly accepted this decree from the Lord, and his reaction amazes me. First Chronicles 22:5 records: "David said, 'My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.' So David made extensive preparations before his death." The scriptures then share that with "great pain" David gathered gold and silver; bronze and iron beyond weighing; timber and stone; workmen and craftsmen of all kind, without number. Then, in admonition to his son, David commands, "Arise and work! The Lord be with you."
Do we not find ourselves in the same position, having children who are "young and inexperienced"? Although we are not constructing a physical building, are we not building for the Lord's kingdom? David did everything he possibly could to ensure his son's success. May we have the same fervor, the same determination, that we invest in the next generation "extensively" and with "great pain". Like David, may we live beyond ourselves, beyond the here and now. Beyond the next lesson plan, the next test, the next text book. May the Lord give us the wisdom and insight to sacrificially build a worthy legacy for the generations to come!
I once heard it said that you should homeschool with your grandchildren in mind! How would this impact what you do, and why you do it?