Good morning all,
The word of the day is "bequeath." Back in the day it was customary for a man to make enough money and gain enough wealth to leave to his family and future generations. Solomon tells us here that we should be focused on both taking care of people financially, but more importantly spiritually. He knew that the way that people conducted themselves would influence future generations. The importance of a relationship with God was key because even after someone died that relationship continued to minister to others.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.”
My question is: what you plan to leave behind, what is your legacy? I know that when I began to do ministry with my first boss and mentor, the man who brought to Christ, he had a long-term perspective. He brought me on staff as a youth pastor under his care. He said something that I will always remember. He told me that if he and I did ministry together for the next 5 to 10 years, that we could change a community through influence and service. And, we did just that. My prayer is that you find out what is important to you and that you put your whole heart into it, knowing that Jesus will bless your efforts and allow you to be a positive impact on those whom you serve.
Praying for you,