August 15, 2020

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22

My husband and I enjoy watching the show Strange Inheritance. We have seen everything from a famous photo collection that took up multiple bedrooms and countless file cabinets, to a priceless antique vase, purchased at a garage sale because the buyers liked the pattern. Watching this show got me thinking about what inheritance really means.

When we think of inheritance we usually think of money, but it’s not limited to that. Inheritance can include qualities like being trustworthy, honest, kind, and putting others’ needs before your own. Also, having a strong faith and commitment to God is a wonderful attribute to inherit. When I was little my family would point out the physical features that I inherited, like my blue eyes and face shape from my father’s side of the family. But I don’t think inherited wealth, money, or even family features is what this Bible verse is really about.

This great Bible verse tells us that a person who follows God’s ways has a treasured inheritance to pass on to the next generations. It’s much different than how our society focuses on wealth being a sign of success. In this verse, the righteous will have nothing of real value to pass on.

I encourage you to take a moment and write down a few qualities of God that you would like the next generation to inherit.

God, thank you for making me part of your family and allowing me to inherit the true riches of your great love! Amen.

Laurie Secor

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