When I look at how I found myself here as the kids pastor of Influence Church I think to where it all began. It didn’t begin at the age of 7 when we came to church for the first time it happened along time before that.
When my mum was 6 or 7 she went along to a kids club called Tuesday Club which was run by Pat and David Rivers the pastors of Richmond Pentecostal Church. When I was 6 or 7 we got invited to go to church, that church being Richmond Pentecostal Church. We came along and well that was 15+ years.
That’s a legacy.
I wonder what my great grandchildren would write about church and their experience of it. I would like to think it would be this.
‘ My whole family has always come to church, my mum and dad, my gran and my great gran and granddad. Church is all I’ve known. I love church and Im thankful that my great great grandma made her kids come to church.’
Thats what i want.
I asked Pat Rivers to write us something about legacy this is what she has to say.
I once said to one of my daughters in the swimming pool, “Don’t go up the deep end” to which she replied “Mum I’m 48 and a good swimmer!” I also once took hold of a daughters hand at a zebra crossing and she had to remind me she was a mum herself. So at least I know that my legacy to my children is that they can swim and cross the road safely.
There are other legacies we can leave in our children’s lives that will affect every aspect of what they do in the future.
I’m really glad that our children were in church and Sunday school every Sunday – they learned good attitudes and ways of treating others as well as wonderful stories and making good friends.
Being in church on Sunday was a non – negotiable for our family till they were 16. By then they had put down roots and wanted to stay.
The bible says “Show your children the right path and when they are old they will not be lost” That so true. You can’t dictate how your children will live their lives but you can show them the best way to go about it.
Every Sunday is a blessing for me. Our children and grandchildren are busy in church and our great grandchildren are jumping in worship with their arms around their friends ready to go to Hero Factory for more fun.
I hope this will one day be your experience too.
Legacy. What legacy are you leaving to your children.