Last night at our Legacy Christmas Dinner a number of our young adults came out to serve an elegant meal to our seniors group. At the close of the night Sam (our young adult pastor) presented and read this letter he wrote to our seniors. One of the things I love most about LifePoint Church is the fact that we are an intergenerational fellowship. We have a number of older saints, and an exploding community of younger ones. This letter is a timely and beautiful example of that reality.
A Letter From a Young Man
“Pass It On”
To my beloved Legacy Seniors,
A “Legacy” is defined as “A gift handed down from a predecessor.” Now there are three crucial parts to this definition. First there is a predecessor. That is you. As the Legacy Seniors you are the ones in possession of something. It is you who after decades of memories and experiences have something to give. Your grey heads are testimonies not only to your keen fashion sense, but to the years you have spent acquiring this gift. This gift did not come easy and surely it wasn’t free! Nay, I say you endured many trials and tribulations to obtain it and it cost many pains, long days and long nights to possess it. So you are here today, standing as trophies of God’s grace and very much in possession of this gift.
Second, the presence of a predecessor implies there is someone on the receiving end. Look around. The people serving your tables and the people preparing your meal in the kitchen are the people just beginning the race that you have ran for the last 30, 40, 50 years! These young adults are about to encounter the bends and the bumps on the road of life that you experienced years ago. The very moments that are but faint memories in your mind now are looming as large and very real realities to these people now. The confusion that follows high school graduation; the question “what should I do with my life?”; the difficulties that are associated with being a newly wed; the stress of a newborn; the trouble of a difficult child. These are but a few of the many present dangers they, and let me say, I am experiencing.
This leads to the third and final part: the gift that is being handed down. It is no coincidence that the most helpful thing we could use on our journey is the exact gift that is in your possession. The gift is godly wisdom. If we could only know what you learned from years of trial and error we could avoid your mistakes and replicate your success. But why should we have this privilege? After all most of you had to learn the hard way, making your own share of bad decisions and mistakes? Why should we have the good fortune of learning from yours and not our own? The simple answer is that it’s God’s way.
In Titus 2 Paul calls the older men and women of Crete to come along side the younger men and women, sharing the priceless gift of godly wisdom. It is God’s way to have you pass on to us the lessons you have learned along the way regarding faith and family, concerning character and maturity. Our time here today is more than just a nice gesture. It is a request. It is a plea to not keep this legacy to yourself, but to be the older men and women described in Titus 2. On behalf of an entire community of young men and women, I say “We need you,” and I beseech you, “Pass it on.”