George Brett’s pine tar bat from his controversial home run. Football’s Lombardi trophy for the Super Bowl champs. The Indianapolis 500’s bottle of milk for the winner. These symbols and associated images are permanently fixed into the legacy of an athlete. Not only will they define them as athletes today, but for many years to come.
Recently, I began thinking through the moments in my life that I would want the future generations of my family to remember. As we busily go through our day-to-day activities, life and eternity can change at a very specific time in our walk with God.
My most prized possession is my first Bible. My first days as a Christian, I read it voraciously! This particular Bible, which I rarely read from anymore based on its extremely worn condition, has been set aside for future generations. It sits on my desk as a reminder to me of the incredible love that God has for me that I first discovered on July 8, 1992.
Moses said to Aaron, “Get a jar and fill it with two quarts of manna. Then put it in a sacred place before the LORD to preserve it for all future generations.” Exodus 16:33
Shortly after Passover, God miraculously provided for the Israelites in the desert by raining down manna from heaven for them. With great wisdom, Moses encourages them to take a jar and keep some of the manna in it for the generations to come. He did not want the future generations to forget about the miraculous things that God had done, and how he had provided for them.
If there was something specific that you wanted to set aside that reminded you of the incredible miracles that God has done in your life, what would it be? What is the symbol that you would want to set aside for the next generation that would reflect the history of God’s incredible love in your life, and provide them with hope and encouragement? If we are not intentional in doing that, it is easy to forget the miracles that God has done in our lives and allow worry to overshadow the reassurance that we should have of knowing His incredible, sovereign power and love. People can go into painstaking detail when they think about creating their Last Will and Testament, and what they want to leave those who come after them. Let’s not overlook the most valuable thing we can leave them, those symbols that remind us of God’s incomprehensible love for us.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
More information can be found at FCA.org.