Many parents strive to leave an inheritance for their children. They have a sense of obligation and duty to work and sacrifice to make certain that those they leave behind will have more than they did. They didn’t have much of this “world’s goods” so they want to make life a little easier and more comfortable for others who are left behind.
It is one thing to leave an inheritance and quite another to leave a legacy. An inheritance is made up of “things” - monetary, physical, tangible, negotiable items that have a “cash value” attached to them. However, a legacy is quite different.
While not all parents leave an inheritance for their children, all parents leave their children a legacy. Legacies are the core values of life that are passed on to children that guide and guard them. It is a process of instilling attitudes in children that makes life work to the glory of God. Godly legacies will provide wisdom, insight and knowledge that shape behavior and give purpose and meaning to life.
An inheritance is something parents can leave to their children but a legacy is much more than that. A legacy is a way of life that is planted deep inside the heart of a child that produces Godly behavior.
“Be wise my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.” It is obvious that Solomon wanted to leave a legacy for his children that exceeded his wealth: A God-like character.
Prayer: We pray, Father, that each of us will leave legacies that honor You and inspire others to follow You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 27:11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.