Death and dying freak people out. They deal with that fear in various ways. Some people can’t go into a hospital to visit someone, even a close friend. Some have phobias about funeral homes. Many refuse to take even the first step in making out a will, the basic building block for preparing a legacy for those who will survive you. Surveys report that two-thirds of Americans would die without a will if today were their last day. Yikes!
Christians who read even a little of the Bible have learned that they are managers and stewards of their money and possessions. This is an essential feature of the Christian life to which we have been called, but it includes not only our day-to-day spending decisions. God is very interested in our legacy plans: “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22).
That legacy can take various forms. One is financial. The older generation has had more time to accumulate some assets and give the youngsters a boost to help them out of debt, get a house, or get a business started. One aspect is educational. Education has always been important. In today’s information-based economy, it is urgent.
The greatest of all legacies is spiritual. It is your greatest gift to leave behind the example of one who loved the Lord, loved his Word, loved people, loved to give, loved to serve.