In your journal, list five ways you want to leave a legacy to your children. (For example: loving relationships, moral excellence, a vibrant faith, etc.) Under each area write at least two practical goals or ways you will implement your plan this year. Make a six-month plan for specific ways you will establish routines or traditions to build these goals into your schedule.
From Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
I wish I'd had this book thirty years ago. I'm giving it to my oldest daughter who's in the middle of the battle with six children ranging in ages from ten to one. But I'm not thinking that it's too late to leave a legacy to my children even though four of them are adults. I believe that we can always learn from one another, and that I can still be a godly influence on my children.
So I'll be making my journal lists soon. I want to give it some thought first and really commit to the goals that I write down. I'll post them sometime next week.
Read the book and then give it to someone who has children. It's very challenging and will give you hope that no matter how you've messed up in the past, there's still hope and redemption.
Friday, June 7, 2013
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.