Building Your Legacy
A Message From Senior Partner and Owner Tom Marks...
August is recognized as “What Will Be Your Legacy?” Month. In honor of this observance, I encourage you to consider what you’ll leave behind. If you are a parent, remember that everything you do sets an example for your children. Psalm says “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” Teach your sons and daughters the difference between right and wrong, expose them to healthy financial habits (saving, budgeting, etc.) Show them the importance of giving, what it means to maintain an exceptional work ethic, as well as be present in your family life.
Proverbs says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Perhaps your parenting style differs from how you were raised. Even so, it is imperative to recognize the importance of guiding your kids in a positive direction. Whether you remain married or not, your children’s well being should always be made a priority.
Unfortunately children of divorce may blame their parents’ broken marriage as the reason that they act out or don’t make an effort in school. Be sure to communicate how to respond to conflict or difficult circumstances so that they may use these tools in the future, when necessary. Another scripture says “Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” In other words, we may not have the ability to control what happens to us, but we can control our reactions.
As summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, prompt conversations with your family. Discuss what each of you would like your legacies to be.
Thomas D. Marks, Esq.