Spending some time in Georgia on our family vacation has really been great. We’ve been able to help our kids reconnect with a lot of their roots and heritage that is found in Georgia for generations dating back to Pre-Revolution. There are streets in Brunswick, GA named after my great-grandfather and homes and gravesides we have visited while we are back in the town and area I was born in (and where most of my family still lives). Our kids have met their 2nd, 3rd and even 4th cousins for the first time, and We (my wife Susie and I), can see a great appreciation for our family roots growing before our eyes in our children’s lives.
Today, we’ll visit the church where my family were members for decades, First Baptist Church of Brunswick, Georgia. We also spent time with my aunt on this trip, who hold the incredible distinction of having taught VBS (Vacation Bible School) every year for the last 62 years (with the exception of three)! She is now 83 and once again will teach in VBS next week! This family heritage of faith in Christ reminds me of the importance of passing our faith to the next generation. We see this in the pages of Scripture as Paul reminds Timothy of the roots of his faith in Christ:
5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. (2 Timothy 1:5)
I’ve heard it said before, “The inheritance you receive is no as important as the legacy you leave”. How are things coming with the legacy your leaving for your children and your children’s children? I am so thankful today for for the generations of my family, who in the past walked with God and have shown me how to as well. It is with humility that I pray generations after me will feel the same way too.