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Legacy Considerations

family pic from above1Chapter-a-Day Psalm 72

Give your love of justice to the king, O God, 
and righteousness to the king’s son.
Psalm 72:1 (NLT)

There are countless lessons to learn from the lyrics of the psalms. There are also lessons hiding in the way the editors, who thousands of years ago put the collection of songs together, compiled them. The past two songs were written by King David in his old age as he reflected back on his life. The first thing to notice about today’s chapter is that it was written by David’s son, Solomon. This song is historically a transitional song. Solomon’s song asks for God’s provision to carry on the legacy of his father.

This past week a friend died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Her death at the age of 51 threw Wendy and me into a period of sober reflection. Our friend left behind her husband and two college age daughters and it didn’t take much to draw a dotted line to what life would be like should either of us unexpectedly find ourselves at the finish line of this earthly journey.

My own pondering focused our girls, who are still emerging onto their respective paths as they begin life on their own. What would my legacy be in their lives? Would my influence be a positive imprint on their lives? How would I live on in them? I suspect that many people give little thought to the effect they have on their children and their children’s lives until it’s too late.

Solomon’s father wasn’t perfect, but he undoubtedly left an imposing legacy. Sol had big sandals to fill. Today, I’m reminded of my responsibility to love and lead my children well – even in their adult years. I’m not guaranteed tomorrow. I can only know that I have this day – this moment. Despite my failures, my heart’s desire is to leave a godly imprint on our daughters and the following generations.

Loveable, Valuable, and Capable

From the moment my daughters were born, I wanted to imprint a truth on their soul:

You are so loveable,  that God gave his one, and only, son for you.

You are so valuable,  that you were bought with a price.

You are so capable, that with God nothing is impossible for you.

“You are loveable, valuable, and capable,” I told my girls over and over again. I reminded them over breakfast in the morning. It was the last thing I said to them at night after bedtime prayers. I wrote it on Post-it notes and put it in their sack lunch. I gave them key chains with bead letters: LVC. I wrote it on letters, on postcards,  text messages and emails.

“Hey, Taylor. Hey, Madison. Guess what?!!”


“You’re loveable, valuable, and capable!”

When they were toddlers they giggled.
When they were tweens they smiled.
When they were teens they humored me, but I sensed the rolling of their eyes.

“Yeah, yeah, dad. I know, I know. Loveable, valuable, capable. Whatever.”

They’re grown now. They are adults. I haven’t stopped reminding them. As I mentioned, I wanted the truth imprinted indelibly on their souls.

I never imagined that the truth would end up indelibly imprinted, in my handwriting, on my daughter, Taylor’s, back.

I think I’ll still remind her from time to time. After all, the tattoo is on her back where she can’t see it. I wouldn’t want her to forget what’s written there :-)