(Proverbs 20:7 KJV) The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
As I drive the freeways of Southern California I keep seeing billboards advertising a local chain of cemeteries. The theme I have been seeing is about leaving a legacy. We hear reference to presidents who are concerned about their legacy. I am not so sure it is the proper word for us common folk but lets go with that.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind you? Many people are concerned with building wealth and power. The Bible warns against that. Often it is hard to build wealth and power and still walk in “integrity” (8537). People are tempted to cut corners or take advantage in order to be successful. That is not the kind of measurement that God wants us to have.
The question of legacy is focused on our children. What kind of children does our life create? There is always a measure of free choice on the child’s part but as parents we have the job of not only teaching the principles but modeling the application.
So? You influence people. Are you directing them to create buildings that will be rubble in a few centuries or souls that will be a tribute for eternity? Take the long term view.