We do not choose what we inherit, but we choose what we will pass on.
We live in a generation that is turning away from God rapidly. We each have a choice to embrace the evil that has been passed on to us, or rebel against it.
For many, you have not inherited a godly legacy from your parents. Perhaps you grew up in a home that was far from God. But now you have the ability to start a new legacy. You can break the chain of sin that has plagued your family tree for generations. You can pass something different on to your children.
For others, you have been blessed with a godly heritage. But you still have a choice: Will you continue that legacy, or will it end with you? It only takes one generation to end a godly legacy. But it also takes only one generation to begin one.
What have you inherited? You are never too young to begin a godly legacy. Josiah was 16 years old when he began to seek the God of his ancestor David (2 Chronicles 34:3). He inherited a godless legacy from his evil father Amon, and yet he was not content to follow in those footsteps. In the end, his life could be summarized like this: “Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his mind and with all his heart and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.” 2 Kings 23:25
May we follow the example of Josiah and leave our world different from the what we inherited.