Today I’m re-sharing something. Some of you guys are on my dad’s Seriously list and received this as an e-mail Wednesday morning. The response was amazing; it must have struck a tender chord.
All of us would do well to consider how important time is. And if you’re a guy (dad or not!), please take a moment to sign up for the Seriously e-mail (you can use the blue button on the right side bar that says Receive Seriously or go to this link). It’ll come every Wednesday morning, is a short read, and is packed full of godly encouragement and advice.
Many have it upside down today. When they think of how much something costs, they think in terms of dollars. In reality, they should be thinking in terms of time. We can always get more money, but we only have a limited amount of time. That scarcity makes time invaluable.
Most have heard the expression, “I’m spending my children’s inheritance.” They usually mean that they are spending their savings themselves, and there won’t be much left for the children after their death.
Here’s another perspective for you to consider. When Dad or Mom don’t invest time in the lives of their children, might they be spending their children’s most crucial inheritance? How prepared your children are for life, their character, their walk with Christ—isn’t that far more important than any amount of dollars they might inherit?
Child-raising years are priceless, and there are no second chances. No amount of money can replace what is lost in the child’s life. You who are heavily investing in your children’s lives are making the best choice. That investment is an inheritance they will benefit from for all eternity.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the
hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with
the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5).