Almost everyone will make a good first impression, but only a few will make a good lasting impression.
Imagine the imprint you would leave behind from walking across a patch of freshly poured concrete. Now, imagine your children and grandchildren as wet cement; what impression will you leave in their lives?
In the book, Leaving a Godly Legacy (1999), Charles Stanley encourages his readers “to leave a weighty, permanent imprint of God’s love, goodness, and forgiveness wherever we walk, for as long as we walk on this earth … a weighty, permanent imprint of Christ Jesus.”
Echoing the Apostle Paul’s charge to ‘live a life worthy of our calling,’ Stanley connects the call of God to the imprint we have on the people closest to us, particularly our children and grandchildren.
The best gift any parent or grandparent can give to their children and grandchildren is not an expensive Christmas present, the latest-device, a trip to Disneyland, or setting them up financially. The greatest gift you can give is: ‘a good example and a lasting impression of God’s love’.
10 Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that He loved us and sent His Son to give His life to pay for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. But, if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us (1 John 4.10-I2).
Grace and Peace,