Family Legacy Day
FAMILY LEGACY DAY
Family Legacy Day is a special day set aside specifically for telling and “retelling” the stories of God’s love and faithfulness in the lives of the family.
In Psalm 78, Asaph recites the early history of Israel, warning future generations against a recurrence of their unfaithfulness to God.
“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. They would not be like their forefathers—a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him” (Psalm 78:1-8).
This passage of Scripture can serve as a reminder to all Christian parents and grandparents, to tell their children and grandchildren their personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in their lives, so the next generation will know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn will tell their children.
Legacy: Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor from the past.
As parents and grandparents, it is our God-given responsibility to hand down our faith in Christ to the next generation. Having a Family Legacy Day will help families accentuate their spiritual legacy now, while laying a foundation in Christ for future generations.
Follow these easy steps in developing and personalizing your own Family Legacy Day.
Pre-Family Legacy Day:
1. Select a date that will work for all family members. (Allow 4 – 8 hours.)
2. Send out an invitation to family members, and include a general outline of the day.
3. Begin praying for this special day. Pray specifically for each family member, that their hearts and minds would be open to receive that which God has prepared for them. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide every aspect of the day.
Things you will need:
1. Outline or agenda for your Family Legacy Day (This will help you to stay on task.)
2. Your Family Covenant (Make one copy per family or individual.) – If you don’t have a Family Covenant, you may go to the Covenant Heirs Blog site at: covenantheirs.org and download a copy of Making a Family Covenant. This will guide you through the steps on developing a Family Covenant with God.
3. A family home or other relaxed facility.
4. Games/activities for all ages (Optional, but very important if you have little ones that need extra attention while the adults are sharing their stories, etc.)
5. Any family photos, videos, or other memorabilia that will enhance family faith-sharing
Parents and or grandparents should prepare their personal salvation testimonies and other faith stories prior to the Family Legacy Day. They are encouraged to write them out, even though they will want to share their stories from their hearts and in their own words on the actual Family Legacy Day. The written faith stories should be preserved in a family album or other safe place (i.e., family treasure chest). Other family members who have experienced God’s salvation through Christ are also encouraged to write out their personal salvation story.
When writing your personal salvation testimony, be sure to include several key elements.
Your family history, as you recall growing up as a child, teenager, etc.
Share any Christian influences in your life, or the absence of Christianity in your life.
Recount specifically the details surrounding your salvation experience.
– Be sure to include what you were like before you accepted Christ as your Savior.
– Tell the circumstances of how you came to know the Lord.
– Joyfully exclaim the change that occurred in your new “born again” life.
Conclude by sharing your life’s passion as a devoted follower of Christ, and the desire you have to pass down your faith in Christ to your family.