by Dr. Mary Logan
At the age of 35, I was excited about having my first child. In late July, almost 30 years ago, God placed a beautiful daughter into our home.
I still remember dressing Michelle in a long, white dress one Sunday morning, taking her to church, and listening to our pastor dedicate her to God. In essence, that gift to us was voluntarily being returned to the Creator by her parents for dedication to His service. A scriptural model is found in 1 Samuel 1:28:
“So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”
A New Testament model is found in Luke 2:22 when baby Jesus was brought to the temple:
“Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.”
Little did I realize that, 18 years later, I would kneel beside her bed and dedicate her anew to God. You see, she was diagnosed with encephalitis (a rare brain infection), lost over 60 pounds, and almost died. However, in His awesome sovereignty, God raised her to good health. She married her high school sweetheart and has given birth to two wonderful boys, Noah and Jude.
During my pregnancy with Michelle, the doctor gave me the option to have a test to determine if any abnormalities existed. I did not know that age 35 could be a critical age for carrying my first child. I asked the doctor my options if abnormalities were detected. He gave me two: (1) continue with the pregnancy, or (2) have an abortion. I knew I would not choose abortion, even though it had been legalized nine years earlier, so I opted against the test.
I prayed for a normal, healthy child and as easy a delivery as possible. God answered both prayers. I arrived at the hospital 30 minutes before she was born. Since that time God’s hand has been upon Michelle’s life.
Just prior to reaching her third birthday, after a revival service at our home church, I had the privilege of leading her in the sinner’s prayer. Three years later, God baptized her with the Holy Spirit. She began singing in church, and God used that talent and her musical ability to influence her choice of majors in college.
Because of her illness, her college career was delayed a year, and she could enroll in only 12-13 hours at a time. I encouraged her not to compare herself with anyone else and to accomplish what she could accomplish with the daily strength God gave her. I would often remind her of God’s wonderful plan for her life—“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
The path in life’s journey is rocky at times, and seemingly no good can come out of the situation. However, Romans 8:28 says,
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Michelle is now involved in her home church’s music ministry and also serves as a guest singer in various churches. Her testimony is that “she would not take anything for what God taught her through her near death experience.”
Being an only child, Michelle is listed as a beneficiary in my last will and testament. So part of my legacy to her is a portion of my estate. An even greater legacy, though, is the spiritual legacy. Moses emphasized the importance of passing God’s commandments and instructions from one generation to another when he said,
“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.” (Deuteronomy 6:7)
King Solomon also admonished parents to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Part of that training is not only walking in the ways of the Lord ourselves but also setting godly standards for our households.
Seeing this legacy now being passed to my grandchildren is a thrilling part of God’s plan. Yet Satan tries to thwart the plan. Knowing the thief comes “to steal, to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10), we must be on our guard, be proactive, and be diligent in ensuring that we pass a godly legacy on to the next generation.
Mary Logan, Ed.D., is a Course Development Specialist and Professor of Business and Education at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu