Author: Tyler Robbins Tyler has been married to Mrs. PPP for 14 years, with son Nathan, 9 and daughter, Rachel, 8. In addition to serving as PPP technical support, Tyler works for an Internet company and serves as an Elder in New Harbor Community Church in Benicia, CA
As yet another sign of getting old, I have been starting to think a lot lately about my legacy. Not with respect to how the world will remember me – I still have a few years to go before my mid-life crisis. But how will my children remember me? Was I just a nice dad that worked hard? Was I just a dad who played with my kids after work and took them on fun vacations? Or instead, will their memory be that I gave them a treasure that will impact them their entire lives? Did I provide them an example of Godliness and live out the values I taught them? Did I pray them not only into the Kingdom, but into a life of dedicated service to the King.
If my kids only remember me for the fun things we did, or a couple of funny stories we shared or sayings I had, I will have failed them. Good memories and a happy childhood are nice and all, but I will have missed the point of why God entrusted their lives to me. I don’t want to squander this opportunity.
I’m sure my ego and pride play a part in desiring my kids value me and what I’ve taught them. Maybe that’s ok if God uses those things to motivate us for His purposes? Paul says it’s ok to boast if you’re boasting in the Lord. So maybe it’s ok to be selfish for the things that God desires, like having your children follow Him and impact the world greatly for Him.
I have also been humbled enough to know that I only get partial credit. Regardless of my efforts, they will make their own decisions about their beliefs, and that’s between them and God. I can take neither blame for their failures, nor credit for them becoming far greater witnesses than I, as I frequently pray they will.
I hope to be around long enough to see my kids not only become vibrant, faithful, dedicated followers of Christ, but to make great sacrifices and do great things for Him. That is the legacy I want to leave them with.
Next Week’s Author: Kim Ashbaugh