This Month's Promise

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son...”

- (John 3:16)


Read: I Chronicles 29: 14-19


WHAT LEGACY ARE WE LEAVING BEHIND?


".A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)


In his book “I Almost Missed the Sunset”, Bill Gaither writes, Gloria and I had been married for a couple of years. We were teaching in a school in Alexandria, and we wanted a piece of land where we could build a house. I noticed a land in the south where cattle grazed and I learned it belonged to a ninety-two year old retired banker, Mr. Yule. When anyone inquired him, he said, “I promised it to the farmers they could use it for their cattle.” Gloria and I visited him at the bank. I introduced myself to him and told that we are interested in that land. “Not selling”, he said pleasantly. “Promised it to a farmer for grazing”. I said, “I know, but we teach in a school here and thought may be you would be interested in selling it to someone planning to settle in this area.” He pursed his lips and stared at me. “What did you say your name was?” he asked. “Gaither, Bill Gaither”, I replied. “Any relation to Grover Gaither?” he questioned. “Yes, sir, he was my granddad”, was my reply. Mr. Yule put down his paper and said, “Interesting. Grover Gaither was the best worker I ever had on my farm. Full days work for a day’s pay. So honest! What did you say you wanted?” I told him again. “Let me do some thinking on it, then come back and see me”, he said. I came back next week and Mr. Yule told that he had his property appraised. “How does 3,800 dollars sound? Is that okay?” he asked. If that was for one acre, I would have to pay nearly 60,000 dollars! Mr. Yule repeated, “Fifteen acres for 3800 dollars.” It was worth at least three times and I readily accepted. Nearly three decades later, my son and I strolled that beautiful lush property that had once been pasture land. “Benjy” I said, “you have this wonderful place to grow up through nothing that you’ve done but because of the good name of a great-granddad you never met.”


Dear friends, what sort of legacy are we leaving behind for our descendants? More than wealth, and riches, a good witnessing life is esteemed and valued in the sight of God and men.




PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, let me live a life of integrity. Let me in all my ways proclaim to the people around that I am your child. Let me be a blessing to my family. More than leaving riches, let me leave a legacy of good reputation to my descendants. Amen.