“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Have you seen that sticker that reads, “I’m spending my children’s inheritance”?
I always smile when I see it and I think to myself, “Good for you!” Warriors, there is a GODLY inheritance that cannot be gifted with money, but, when taught, provides the recipe for success!
“10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; 11 for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.” Proverbs 8:10-11
While it is noble to leave a monetary sum to your children, and their children, money cannot substitute for the priceless inheritance in teaching the wisdom and understanding of GOD’S WORD. Allegiance and obedience to GOD must be taught and cannot be bought (Deuteronomy 28:1-14) (Prov 13:22).
“7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you. 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:7-13
Rev & I have been speaking quite a bit lately about the legacy we will leave behind and how we can ensure that our wishes are honored. All we can do is create foundations that will carry out, contractually, our requisites, but it is sheer folly to believe that anyone will carry on our visions with the heart of our torch (if at all). I remember one year I needed a major breakthrough so I asked certain family members to fast and pray for my birthday rather than give me any gifts; and not a single one did. My point in telling you this is to say that your passions, your dreams, your goals, your needs, and your desires, are Uniquely YOURS so do not lay stock in anyone for the things that you hold dear.
DUST TO DUST
The other day someone sent me a current photo of the home I grew up in with my grandfather. One particular image of the back property hit me hard because I remembered how diligently he worked it, and how beautiful and fertile it used to be. Many years have passed since those days and the new owners leveled and “gutted” the property to suit the their vision. You see, as it was, they found no value: All of my grandfather’s labor returned to the dirt – And this is life.
17 Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
18 Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun? 23 For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 2:17-23
I’ve personally experienced, and seen plenty, the ugly face of greed when one generation passes and leaves their estate to the children, grandchildren, etc., I’ve also been witness to the other angle where the children just don’t want the responsibility of the parents plight because it doesn’t coincide with their life, and their dreams, and their goals; nor should it, because each one is allotted a certain amount of time to live as they see fit. Beloved, while it is still called, “Today,” participate in living, for GOD has already accepted your works.
“Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already accepted your works.” Ecclesiastes 9:7
HERE’S THE NUGGET: To abstain from enjoying the fruit of your labor is not advisable nor biblical for a pleasant journey that ends all too soon.
“12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
Until next time,
Go enjoy your hard earned fruits!
Love, Destiny / C Y U