One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
Some years ago, my family and I took a trip out west, where we witnessed some of the most beautiful sights of God's creation. The Rocky Mountains. The Grand Canyon. The Star Trek experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. (OK, maybe that last one wasn't exactly a "beautiful sight of God's creation" -- but for a geek like me, it was a blast!)
One of the things that made an impression on me was a group of orchards maintained by the National Park Service. The rules were simple: You could pick and eat all the fruit you wanted, but you couldn't take any fruit out of the orchard. Ladders were provided, and there were places where you could sit and enjoy the fruit. When we were there the cherries were ripe and ready. Have you ever tasted cherries right off the tree? Wow.
But here's what really impressed me: Those orchards had been planted over 100 years before we were eating from them. The people who planted them were long gone. But they had left something behind that would outlive them. They had planted seeds that would bear fruit for years to come.
Are you doing anything with your life that will outlive you?
Are you planting any seeds that will bear fruit long after you're gone?
Today's Scripture points to one very important way to leave a legacy: Invest in New Generations. At Covenant Community, that's our vision. You can join in that vision by volunteering in our children and youth ministries; or by volunteering at a local school; or by helping us feed the Reynolds High School football team; or simply by giving to the church. Your financial gifts make our ministries to New Generations possible.
If you're a parent, the most important way you can invest in New Generations is to actively model faith for your children. If you bring them to church on a regular basis, we'll have around 40 hours a year to influence their lives for Christ (52 Sundays minus days off for vacation, sick days, etc.). You, on the other hand, will have around 3,000 hours a year to influence your children. What happens at home is more important than what happens at church.
Invest in New Generations. Help plant seeds of faith in those who are coming after us. Do something that will continue to bear fruit long after you're gone.
Think of a way you can Reach New Generations. Look at the suggestions above, or come up with an idea of your own. Do it - today - or put something on your calendar to do by the end of this week.