Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Letters from Dad - leaving a written legacy

Father with childImage via Wikipedia

Back in December, I read a great book called Letters from Dad written by Greg Vaughn. The book is essentially a "how to" book on leaving a written legacy to your family - to your wife, to your children, and to your parents.

Greg came up with the idea of letter writing from his own disappointment of not having even as much as his own dad's signature when he passed away. He wanted something tangible to be able to hold on to and remember his father. A great idea was born.

Greg then formed a small accountability group of men and then they began writing letters to their wives, children, and parents. They encouraged one another through the process and shared their experiences as they began to give these letters to their families. From this humble beginning, a movement was born. The idea spread in churches and communities, a book was written, and thousands of letter writing groups have now formed nationwide.

For Valentine's Day this year, I purchased memory boxes and wrote letters to each member of my family. My daughters are too young right now to really grasp the significance of their letters and memory boxes, but as they mature into teenagers and young adults, I pray that they will read and reflect on their individual letters, knowing that the words that I wrote came from their daddy's heart.

Are you leaving a written legacy to your family?


  1. Greetings from Memphis. I really liked your post in writing letters to our familes. I too am a young dad and want everything for my family. I am in the process of putting together a website that caters to Christian dads. On this website I will have discussion sessions, points of topics, ways to spend quality time with your family without breaking the bank, and several other informative topics. I would like to use this idea if I can and maybe have you write an article on the idea once I get this off the ground. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.


  2. Steve - thanks for your comment. Sure, I'll be happy to write an article for you. Just let me know.