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Leaving a Lasting Legacy – Part 7

By:  Mike Martin

Couples can leave a positive legacy for their family by promoting an attitude of purpose and direction in their family.

Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”(KJV)  We must talk with our family about the purpose and direction that God has planned for our lives.  Work with your spouse to set goals for your life, marriage, family.  Ask your children to help you set goals as a family.  Teach your children to set goals for their lives.  Even small children can set goals such as reading for 20 minutes every day, memorizing a Bible verse each week, doing an act of kindness each week, etc.  Write these goals down and review them yearly.  Set new goals and rejoice in the goals that you attain.  God does not want us to wander aimlessly throughout out life.  He wants us to live life with a purpose.  As your children see you setting goals and living a life with purpose they will learn to follow your example.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (NIV)  Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, the certain of what we do not see.”  And Jeremiah 29:11 promises, “’I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” You can leave a positive legacy by promoting an attitude of purpose, direction, and mission. 

The Martins currently present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at

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