Leaving Riches For
Many times when I look around my
comfortable home, I've thought of the tiny
home that sheltered me for the first nine
years of my life. We had no running water,
indoor plumbing, or television, and the
new wringer washer that arrived shortly
after I started school was my mother's
pride and joy.
Although I do think on these things from
time to time, I realize that the physical
attributes of our home weren't what shaped
my adult life. In the corner of our living
room, my mother had a favourite chair, and
it was here that she studied her Bible by
the light from the window. Across the
room, near the fire, my dad tuned up his
violin, and then played hymns and
classical music well into the evening.
As readily as I can recall my early home,
I remember the training I received there.
Since childhood, I've found pleasure in
the written word and have enjoyed music.
My parents fostered these joys; also, they
took time to read Scripture to us, pray
with us, and take us to church. Although
they will not be able to leave a large
monetary legacy to their children and
grandchildren, they will leave a treasured
heritage, the riches many of their
ancestors have found in knowing God.
Riches do not endure forever, and a crown
is not secure for all
generations...Proverbs 27:24 -
Although we may not be able to leave our
children a legacy of material wealth, we
are able to leave immeasurable riches when
we teach them who God is and the
importance of having a personal
relationship with Him.
Dear God, thank You for the wisdom and
strength we can find in You....Amen.
Elaine Ingalls Hogg
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada
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