by Brenda Boen
April 24, 2008
#1 TELL IT – Remember schools and churches don’t raise children…parents do! Teach
what the Bible says…to be honest, trustworthy, have integrity, depend on God,
never lie, to be like Christ, etc.
Duet 6:5-says: “Love the
Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your
strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when
you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as
symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the
doorframes of your homes and on your gates.”
In other words……always be telling it. Tell what the Lord has done for you. You
may not know God’s Word but you know what He’s done for YOU in your life.
But we don’t just tell our “children”. We influence our husbands, friends,
neighbors, co-workers, other family members….everyone we come into contact
with, so….TELL IT!
#2 LIVE IT– We create a legacy of faith not by grand plans, but by what we do
everyday. How we act, have we respond, how stress affects us. How we handle
situations. Where we go when we need help….to God! Be Christ’s example…a living
Bible for others to read because you are an open book. You are also God’s hands
and feet on earth….so LIVE IT!
#3 DOCUMENT IT – Record your spiritual journey. Our
beliefs make up who we are. I want my children and grandchildren to know the
prayers I’ve prayed, the blessings I’ve received, the lessons I’ve learned, how
God has worked in my life and how He can work in their lives. I want to tell my
story. If I don’t tell it, who will?
You know, I am more than a mother, a friend, a sister. My character is defined
by my beliefs, my personality and the way I interact with others.
We tend to forget over time what others say so getting it on paper is always a
great idea. I do, fortunately have some written accounts of some of my
ancestors. Others are just a fog….no clue. Your story can get lost if you don’t
How many of you know what your great grandmother was like, what she believed,
what she did, how she reacted to life? Her accomplishments, her thoughts, her
victories and her battles? Did she work? What were her hobbies? Do you know how
she responded to stress? Did she have a relationship to God? Did she depend on
God and live for Him? Knowing that your grandmother knew how to sew and make quilts is interesting
but knowing she depended on God will impact your life and strengthen your
There are Three Ways to Document and Record Your
#1 Take what God has taught you and put it on a page for others to read. You
can become an author and write a book – do a biography and tell what God has
done in your life.
#2 Journal your thoughts in written text or book form. This a great way
especially for those who love to read. Write down your thoughts and date each
one. Jot down those God moments. A wonderful way!
#3 Make a Legacy of Faith Scrapbook or a photo album plus journaling and other
things to make it pretty and enjoyable to look at. Everyone usually has family
photos and loves to look at them. The photos help to tell the story with more
than just words.
I’ve never been that big of reader. I would love to have a journal written by
my grandmother, etc. BUT…..page after page of text can be daunting for me. I
love photos and pretty things. They draw my attention. A scrapbook will do it
all. It’s also my creative outlet.
As you begin to record your spiritual journey it will build others faith as
well as your own when you see how God has worked in your life. It will also let
people know who you really are.