Dr. James Dobson properly known as James C. Dobson Ph.D. is the Founder & President of Family Talk has created the most beautiful video with a profound message for the Ziglar Family Community’s free 7-Day challenge. We hope you listen and read this beautiful example of family perseverance that will inspire you and the generations to come.
I challenge you to watch this video without getting choked up because Dr. James Dobson’s life-changing and timeless wisdom below is one to keep close to your heart and soul.
“I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
Do you know what the baton is? Many of you will recognize that it’s used in the most exciting event at a track meet. The relay race…… where 4 runners on each team. Take their turn on the track and with the firing of the gun, the first athlete races down the straightaway and toward the backstretch. So far so good.
That runner rarely drops the baton on the far side of the course. It’s not until he or she burns around the final turn and tries to pass the baton to the next runner…… that’s the point of danger for the team.
That person can have fumble fingers or the next runner can fail to grasp the prize. Either way, relay races can be won or lost in the transfer of the baton. In this way, there may be no better metaphor for the meaning of legacy than this.
The Baton is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Once it’s firmly in the hands of a committed Christian, it will be secure until the time comes for the handoff to the next generation, and that moment must be handled with great care.
As a Christian man or woman, your primary task in life is not as a homemaker or a teacher or a salesperson or a doctor…… you’re a runner. You’re carrying a Baton which is faith in Jesus Christ, and someday you’ll have an opportunity and an awesome responsibility to hand this Baton off to your child.
Or if you’re single or your children are grown and gone, the transfer may be to a nephew or a child in your church or your neighborhood or someone whose parents do not know Jesus.
Many years ago, Shirley and I determined that there was nothing, absolutely nothing more important to us than passing the baton of faith on to our daughter and our son.
The Baton of Faith is Now Yours
No inheritance, however significant it seems to be. No inheritance is more precious or valuable, to Shirley and me than this. I’m pleased to tell you, God answered our prayer for children and now with two grandchildren, the baton is in the process of being passed on to them.
My great grandfather’s prayer was that the baton of faith would not be dropped in the pass to those who were to come.
That was his legacy to all of us. This now is yours.
You as a Christian or a runner, you’re carrying the baton of faith in your hand.
My prayers that you will successfully complete your lap in humility and obedience to our heavenly father.
Then you’ll pass the baton to the next generation and the next and the next.
I will leave you with the lyrics to a favorite song written by John Moore:
“Oh, may all who come behind us find a space. May the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe and the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh, may all who [inaudible] come behind us find us faithful. After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone… and our children sift through all we’ve left behind. May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find, Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful.”
Is there anything in life more important than that? I believe not… transferring the Baton of faith in Jesus Christ into the hands of your progeny and then do as many others as possible is the ultimate purpose in living.
And may God bless you as you fulfill that divine conquer.
Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline, Love for a Lifetime, Life on the Edge, Love Must Be Tough, The New Strong-Willed Child, When God Doesn’t Make Sense, Bringing Up Boys, Marriage Under Fire, Bringing Up Girls, Head Over Heels and, most recently, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.
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