People good with their money will usually take some of their money and invest it in safe investments to earn some interest on their money. They may buy land or stocks. Of course as many of us have seen over the last few years some of the things we thought were safe and sound investments have turned in to major losses. There is something else we can invest in that is even more important. As good parents we should be investing in our children emotionally, physically and spiritually. We should be spending time with them physically. We should be encouraging them emotionally and teaching them spiritually. The Bible takes this investing a step further. Read Proverbs 13:22:
A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
All of us love our kids, even when they drive us nuts. So why not after we have spent years investing in them to help them have a good life as they grow up shouldn’t we be leaving them an inheritance to remember us by and help them out in the future when we are gone? It just makes good common sense that when you love someone that you would want to help them in any way you can. It’s interesting to note that this scripture makes the point leaving an inheritance helps to define us as a good parent or grandparent. This inheritance can be in a variety of forms. Maybe it is the obvious, money. Maybe it is some land. Maybe it is some prized possession or family heirlooms. Maybe it is book that you have written full of the wisdom you learned living your life. Maybe it is family history outline and photographs. Even these sentimental things are a wonderful inheritance. Not everyone has money that they can leave behind. Things happen in life to destroy excess money. However, we can leave something special to our children and grandchildren that will either help them in life physically, emotionally or spiritually. The important thing is that they see through this inheritance gift your love and a reminder of what you were to them in their lives. So start now thinking about how you can invest in your children and grandchildren after you are gone with an inheritance you have left for them.