Several weeks ago my brother texted my sister and me. When my parents had moved out of the house we all grew up in to a smaller house in a “safer” part of San Antonio, he had asked for “custody” of the piano that had been in my grandparent’s home. The piano was a gift to my grandmother from her father after her mother passed away. My grandmother was 15 at the time...so that would make the piano new in 1918.
They ordered it from Sears and Roebuck and it was delivered on a wagon with mules. And, while my grandmother was still alive, a Sears representative came to their home and offered to buy it to be placed in the Sears museum...my grandmother declined.
Well, my brother said they were going to be downsizing and wanted to know if either my sister or I wanted the piano. Naturally both my sister and I said we absolutely wanted the piano. I asserted my rights as the second oldest and laid claim to it! (Actually my sister graciously allowed us to have it without any fuss.)
My brother had someone look at it who knows about such things and, as an antique, it is worthless. As a piano, it probably needs to be gutted and new insides put in...which will likely cost more than a new piano. So why would I want it?
BECAUSE IT BELONGED TO MY GRANDMOTHER!! It is a family heirloom that should (and will) stay in the family for the rest of time! It connects the past with the present and the future. An antique dealer says it has no value: they are WRONG!
So what are you passing down to subsequent generations? Is it just “monetary stuff”? Are you just passing down “things”? Or are you passing down something more?
In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul tells Timothy, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
What is your legacy? When future generations in your family think about you, what will they remember? That you gave them a lot of “stuff” or something with great monetary value? Is that all?
Does your family see a sincere faith living in you and being passed down to future generations? Are you striving to leave a legacy of faith?