Do No Harm

I could hit google for some sound theological advice as to what exactly that verse in the photo means, but I’m not. 

I could delve into the meaning of “A Good Person”, but again, I’m not.

I’m just going to tell you what came to my mind as I read those words this morning, which was this….

Good or bad, for better or for worse, we are all leaving our children an inheritance.

Just like my parents left, and are leaving an inheritance for me, it is an inheritance that will absolutely be passed on to “their children’s children”.

Tell me this though, when you read those words “inheritance” what pops into your mind?

Was it money, maybe some property, something tangible? Likely so, because that’s how this world tells us to think, that’s how this world operates.

What about the “non tangibles” in this life though? What about our beliefs, actions, habits?

What about the words we speak to our children, the things we tell them that we think about them?

What about the level of importance we show our children that they have in our life when they are young?

What about the level of importance we show our children today when they are “all grown up”, and we are, well, “more grown up”, than when they were young? That can change too.

What about our Faith, or our lack of Faith? What are we worshiping on a Sunday morning, or any morning for that matter.

All of those “things” are an inheritance too, and the thing about the “non tangibles”, is this…. it is all theirs to keep, 100%. There is no one they will have to fight for it…. they’ll own it outright. Good or bad, for better or for worse.

Maybe I leave my kids a fortune in this world, and maybe I don’t leave them a dime, time will tell, but I know this….

Today, unlike years ago, I am far more interested, more concerned, about the “intangible” inheritance I am leaving my children than I am the “tangible” inheritance.

Sure, I want to leave them things in this world to make their life better, more enjoyable, lighter, but my primary goal today is this….

“To lead a life, that if my children choose to emulate, it will not bring them harm”.

I fail at that goal pretty much every day in one way or another but, most days, I do just a little tiny bit better job than I did weeks ago. Looking back at the months and years, maybe even a far better job, again, most days.

If at the end of my life all my children inherit from me is the example of a life that ultimately found meaningful direction, and pointed to Christ, then I will have left them something more valuable than anything this world has to offer.

Get In The Boat. Do Your Part.

From Nose To Toes!

Shane / #16….

(Yes! Sharing is encouraged 👊🏻)