We all give it away

Yes, we all leave a heritage. Our children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, co-workers, students and the list goes on. What we eat, how we talk, our work ethic, our attitude, our spiritual life are all part of who we are.

A few days ago in our condo Bible study, two ladies mentioned that when they were growing up they went to Sunday school and church. No questions were asked, that was it. Others mentioned that they grew up on farms and on Sunday only work that was needed to be done was done. Cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens needed to be fed and cows needed to be milked. Of course, cooking, doing dishes and a few other necessary chores had to be done also. Hardware stores and supermarkets were closed on Sundays.

We might all do well to make a list of the legacy or influences that we would like to give to our families and others. Both individuals and nations were given lists by God of dos and don'ts. No one could possibly give or leave a better legacy than God. Some followed and were blessed. Others did their own thing and were punished. If they did not follow God's direction with all of the blessings and curses that He promised, certainly we should not be surprised if some do not follow ours. Any family that has two or more children knows about the differences.

It is fun to think about the similarities and differences between the 10 children in our family. Our parents received and passed on a heritage. We receive and pass on a heritage. Sometimes, in some areas, we could do a better job. A long time practice I've had with both my first wife, Joanne and my second wife, Norma is to read the Bible and pray together each day. She reads a verse and I read a verse. We read from the New Testament together and a Psalm or Proverb each day. We have a stack of prayer cards and requests. We each take half for our audible prayer time together. And, of course, we pray for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that they will have a hunger for God and His Word.

Yes, we all are giving away part of who we are everyday of our lives. How are we doing?

For the 2012 Club, Nov. 4 takes us to Jeremiah 39 and Hebrews 1.

Let's all be careful about what we give away.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.