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Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:11:21 -0800 (PST)
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Four legacies to leave our children
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor
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Parenting becomes more important to me as I get older.
I want my daughters to find happiness and good health
in life. While I am unable to leave them wealth, there
are four things that I, and all Christian parents, can
leave behind for our children.

1. To be in Christ.

There is nothing more important than being in Christ
(Ephesians 1:3). We must teach them by word and deed
what it means to be a child of God and to develop their
own faith and beliefs (Hebrews 11:6; Philippians 2:12).

2.  To shun materialism.

They must learn simplicity and that true wealth does
not come in material things. Their god should never be
the next gadget or big thing. They can enjoy peace, joy
and happiness in what they have (Philippians 4:11;
Proverbs 28:6).

3. To shun prejudice and hate.

Racism and hate are not inherent, they are taught. We
must instead teach love and tolerance. God abhors
prejudice and so should we (Acts 10:34; Galatians 2:11-
17; Genesis 1:26).

4. To desire a godly home.

Children must see a home that is filld with love,
affection, respect and boundaries. They should learn
responsibility and the ability to act independently.
Through observation, they must see how to raise strong,
godly children (Ephesians 6:1-4; Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

Children must see love, respect and affection in their
parents. They should never hear us mocking or insulting
each other. We are the home they will build one day
(Genesis 2:18-24; Ephesians 5:22-29; Matthew 19:6).

Adults cannot be healthy emotionally unless they have
felt unconditional love. To know that someone will love
and accept us no matter what, is empowering. We may not
approve of their life choices but we will always love
them without reservation (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a).

If all children came from healthy, happy homes, the
world would become safer and stronger.

When we have children it becomes our absolute
responsibility to teach, train, nurture and prepare
them for the future.

We cannot shun this responsibility without unleashing
on the world another poorly equipped and troubled
adult. It is non-negotiable and a requirement from God
(Proverbs 22:6). In a real sense, swelling prisons come
from failed homes.

Wealth is temporal but true values can last into
eternity. God's people must do a better job training
their children so the homes of the future will be
resilient and godly.

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