Legacy

By Stan Mitchell
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous, (Proverbs 13:22, ESV).
I think of the image where a father puts his arm around his child’s shoulder, points to a great estate and declares, “Someday, all this will be yours.”
At the end of his term in office, President Harry Truman and his wife, Bess, were moving back to their home in Independence, Missouri. Citizen Harry walked into his bedroom to find Bess tossing dozens of their love letters into the fireplace!
“Bess,” he cried in horror, “Think of history!”
“I have, Harry” she replied, “I have!”
We all come to a point in our lives when we begin to think of the legacy we leave to our children. What will it be? Great wealth? Sin and failure? A Christian lifestyle?
Of course for a legacy to be complete there must be the hard work of the older generation, and the cooperation of the generation that follows!
“A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.” (Proverbs 13:1).
Have you ever heard a son respond to his father’s instructions with disdain and mockery? Have you ever heard young people make fun of the convictions of their elders? Unfortunately, you probably have!
So leave a legacy worth receiving … and appreciate the legacy with which you were left. Don’t throw a lifetime into the fireplace!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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