In everything he walked in the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. (1 Kings 22:43)

JACK LOOKED DOWN into the face of his newborn son. He noted his son’s small pouty lips and the dimpled chin, the same dimpled chin that both Jack and his father had. A yellow and green hat given to his son by the nurse was much too big and almost covered his son’s sleeping eyes. Jack glanced over at his wife who was sleeping peacefully in the hospital bed. It was only a few short hours ago that the doctor made the joyful announcement that Jack and his wife had a beautiful and healthy baby boy.

While holding his son, Jack was experiencing an overwhelming flood of emotions. He was exhausted after standing beside his wife. He was filled with happiness to be blessed with a healthy son. Jack couldn’t wait for his son to meet his own father.

From the time Jack found out that he was going to become a father, he knew he wanted to be a father just like his dad had been. Jack’s father had truly loved the Lord. Even when Jack strayed, his father extended grace to him again and again. He was patient and kind. and always spent time with Jack as a child. Growing up, Jack adored his father and desired to have the same relationship with his child.

Think about how you ensure a legacy of doing what is right.

Amy Knepp is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and a stay-at-home mother of four children.

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