Today, my husband and I gave our son a Bible.  It’s not his first Bible, and hopefully it won’t be his last Bible.  But this one was special.  This one is his first ‘real’ Bible – the full word of God – a student Bible with cool features that he will enjoy as he explores it.  He learned how to use the Table of Contents to search for a certain book.  He learned how to find the chapter and the verse.  And he was excited for it.

This seems like such a simple thing.  With all of the technology and inventions in our world today, a simple book for a child seems almost boring.  But this book is amazing.  It’s not just a book … it’s a lifestyle.  It’s a legacy that we are passing to him.  One that we can only hope he follows in long after he no longer lives with us.  There isn’t a greater gift we can give.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 tells us “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

There are so many important things we want to teach our children while they are at home.  Rules about relationships, life lessons, how to do things … the list goes on and on.  But there is nothing more important than teaching them how to have a relationship with our Lord.  Today we took one more step in that walk … one that I hope is a long path in front of us.

Leaving a legacy,

Dina Newsom


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