It’s New Year’s Day, so it may seem like an odd time to be talking about America’s founding fathers, but there’s an important lesson we can learn from them as we think about what we want to accomplish in 2017.
“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed” (Psalm 112:1-2 KJV).
If you read about America’s founding fathers, most of them gave everything they had to stand up for what they believed in and live as free men in this country. They lost their businesses, their fortunes, and many of them lost their lives. Why? Because they weren’t just thinking of themselves; they were thinking of their children, grandchildren, and the generations to come.
In Luke chapter 12:13-31, Jesus told the parable about the rich farmer who was building his business, prospering and had to build bigger barns to hold all of his surplus. The problem was that he kept it all for himself and never gave anything to others. He kept hoarding everything thinking, One day I’ll have enough, and then I’ll be able to kick back and just enjoy life! Jesus called him a fool because that day never came. He died without being able to enjoy it himself or know the joy of giving to others.
He selfishly tried to build something only he could enjoy, and the legacy he left was that of a fool.
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20-21 NIV).
Building a legacy God’s way means thinking about others. It means laying down empty, selfish ambition and working to build something that will stand the test of time and positively impact generations to come. God has promised to bless us when we follow Him, but He also expects us to give back and bless others.
When you look at your life, what legacy are you leaving? What are you passing on to others? Are you working just to gather stuff for yourself, or are you giving to others from what God is blessing you with?
THE TAKE AWAY
Make sure you don’t work your whole life in vain just trying to satisfy your own wants and desires. God wants to bless you. He wants you to prosper and increase, but He also wants you to be a giver. Live your life to be a blessing to others because at the end of the day it’s the investments you’ve made into others that will be your greatest legacy.
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SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
At the end of one year and before the beginning of another is always a good time to stop and reflect.
It’s important to not just be busy but to be doing what God has called you to do. Every day is an opportunity to repent, to forgive, to serve others, and to be obedient to God’s call on your life.
You have a God-given gift and we pray in 2017 you continue to walk out the fulfillment of that gift.
Here at Joe McGee Ministries, you know our mission — it’s to restore hope in the lives of families through the knowledge of God’s Word.
That statement is on everything we print and at the core of every outreach and project that we do because it is our God-given calling. But we don’t do this work alone. You are part of that mission.
Thank you for your prayers, both for the work of this ministry and for our family. Thank you for financial support and partnership which allows us to reach more people through the Fighting for Families radio program as well as teaching resources and more.
Thank you for investing in families. People you will never meet have heard God’s Word and their lives have been changed because of what you have done.
May God’s Best Be Yours in 2017!
WILL YOU HELP INVEST IN FAMILIES — in 2017?
In 2016 we have reached more families than ever in our two decades of ministry. Outreaches like our Fighting for Families radio program are reaching people who, otherwise, might never have heard the message of hope restored through God’s Word.
God does the supernatural and we do the natural. In 2017, we’re asking you to help us continue reaching people who are struggling with marriage and family issues. So often they feel their circumstance is hopeless, but we know differently. We know that God is a miracle God and His Word will restore hope in their life, their marriage, and their family.
Your year-end gift of any amount will go to making sure they aren’t left hopeless, but instead, they have their hope restored through God’s Word!
THREE WAYS TO GIVE
WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE?
For your gift of any amount, specifically to the Fighting for Families radio outreach, you’ll receive Joe’s newest resource, Building Your Family Legacy on DVD, as our gift to you.
Don’t wait for the New Year to set goals for yourself and your family.
Our Friday Funnies usually feature Joe at one of his seminars, but today we thought you would enjoy seeing some of the behind-the-scenes with Joe and Denise.
As many of you know, Joe’s wife, Denise passed away on Sunday, December 11th. She and Joe were married for 45 years and served together in ministry for 35 years. During all of that time, they loved to laugh.
We hope you enjoy these funny outtakes of some of their most recent teaching clips.
A lady called into our live radio program one day and said, “Mr. McGee, we love your program. We have all of your teachings on parenting and marriage. They are so good. They have helped us as parents and have saved our family. But I’d like to ask a question: what are the three most important things you did as a parent that helped your children?”
I said, “Well, the greatest thing I think we ever taught our kids was about sin.”
Do you want to be a bad parent?
No one does.
We all want to be good parents and to raise our children well. Unfortunately, none of us were born parenting experts. The good news is that God’s Word is the guide we need to learn to raise our children well.
Listen as Joe shares a message with you on raising your children well. Raising your children well is an important part of extending your family’s legacy.
Did you know that family is a gift from God?
You may be thinking, Not my family!
It’s true. The concept of family is God’s idea and it was His plan to make us part of His family through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
That’s what the Christmas story is all about. It’s about family.
The holiday season is in full swing. Be sure to make the most of the season without stressing out.
Listen as Joe encourages you with God’s Word.
Are you going to have a house full of kids on Thanksgiving Day?
If you answered yes, that means you’ll need to think of some activities and we have exactly what you need to get ahead of the game on that!