By the power of your hand, O Lord, destroy those who look to this world for their reward. But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones. May their children have plenty, leaving an inheritance for their descendents. Psalm 17:14 NLT
Last month my friend Nyna and I went hiking on the Ice House Canyon Trail in Mount Baldy, California. What began as a physical fitness activity turned into a hike back in time. With each curve of the path we discovered skeletons of former homes. A stray fireplace here, a rusted bedspring there. The miscellaneous bits of a prior community that we stumbled upon was sad yet intriguing. It was sad that people abandoned their quaint stone homes that were nestled in a peaceful forest of pine and redwood trees. I was intrigued by who the people were and the legacy they left for their loved ones. Nyna and I wandered through the remains of what they perhaps thought would be part of their legacy, yet circumstances somehow changed, requiring that they abandon their homes.
Our society thinks of inheritance as money and possessions. But aren’t those just temporary things that can be stolen,
burned, taken away, or abandoned like the homes in Mount Baldy? Perhaps God wants us to leave an inheritance for our children that will last forever: goodness, joy, kindness, love, faith, self-control, peace, patience, and gentleness – the fruits of the spirit. If we pursue these fruits throughout our lives and instill them in our children, our children will always carry a part of us in their hearts and lives. And this inheritance can be passed on from generation to generation no matter where people live or how little or much money they have. Now that is an inheritance that is worth investing in.
What inheritance do you hope to leave for your children?
Song for Mediation: Legacy by Nicole Nordeman
If you’re interested in hiking the Ice House Canyon Trail, check out the Ice House Canyon Trail Ratings.