Leaving Behind an Inheritance

I didn’t think this was that important to share, but as I thought more and more about it I want to hopefully encourage you to do the same with your family.  I pray that this post will have you soul-searching about what is best for your family.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Proverbs 13:22


The other day the kids and I were sitting around talking about what life was like before they came along and I told them that I honestly couldn’t remember what my life was like.  Sometimes it seems like once you have kids you’ve just had them forever.

I did tell Drew that I remember our life being boring and that our life is more eventful with kids around.

When my kids were little I would just hold them and think that they were never going to leave us.  I figured they would stay little forever.  And then they started Kindergarten and have been growing faster ever since.  Something really changes when they start school.  Life begins to speed up at about 110 m.p.h.

God reminded me this past year that my kids are not always going to be with me.  He also reminded me that they really aren’t “‘my” kids.  They are His children and it’s my responsibility to make sure that they are raised in the way the He would raise them by following biblical principles.

With all this being said, God showed me that we are doing the right thing by having them in church every Sunday and on Wednesday but He also told me that’s not good enough.  I’ve always assumed that it was the job of our Sunday School teachers or pastor to guide my children in the way they should go, but the Bible says something different.

The verse that I listed above from Proverbs says that “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.”  It says nothing about someone else leaving an inheritance to my children’s children.  That’s because it’s our job as parents to do this.

See, from a moral standpoint that verse from Proverbs probably makes some people assume that the inheritance left for the grandchildren is a monetary inheritance.  But I beg to differ.  We are talking about a God who sees beyond the here and now and is only focused on building up His Kingdom with sold-out believers.  I believe the inheritance spoken about here is to present to your children the gift of salvation and lead them to a life filled with Christ.  A family devotional is a great way to make this happen.

Our kids really open up during devotional times and we have some deep discussions about problems they are facing out in the world.  It also requires us to just sit and listen to our children without any other distractions.  It is by far my favorite time of day.  I honestly think our kids are happier before going to bed and they are sleeping better since we’ve started devotional time.

A friend just asked me how we have time for one more thing, but the kids make sure that we set aside this time.  One person leads the devotional and can read whatever he wants from the Bible.  Then we have a discussion about that verse or set of verses.  If our kids say something incorrectly, we try to correct it in a loving way and relate to what they have read to real-life scenarios.

The great part is that when Greg and I are too tired or we forget about our devotional time the kids are quick to ask, “Aren’t we having the devotional tonight?”  I love that the seed that was implanted in my husband and I is beginning to grow inside my children.  Now I can’t wait to see what is going to take place with my children’s children.

What about you?  Are you leaving behind an inheritance that can be passed on to your children’s children?  I’d love to hear what you’re doing at home that seems to be working for your family.  ~ Whitney


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