And the LORD said to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel. -- Numbers 18:20
This has always been the hardest thing for me. I am fine with mysticism until breakfast. Work has to be done. People have to be fed. I'll do my praying before I go to bed. Living "by faith" can look a lot like laziness, indolence, and indifference. I believe that I have to be responsible, sensible and practical. I love the word "canny". I'm going to write up my obituary one of these days, and I'm going to put that in it: he was a canny old hillbilly. In fact, that may be my entire obituary right there.
Most of us, when we get on in years, start thinking about the kind of inheritance we will leave to our children and grandchildren. I am sorry that my generation has done such a lousy job preserving the culture and liberty that we enjoyed growing up. There is not much I can do for the nation as a whole, but I will try to pass on the values and the traditions that marked the America I remember.
Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD (Psalms 102:18). I want the grandkids to know that our hope and strength is in Christ alone and not in material possessions or government programs, that safety and security and prosperity are never to be bought at the price of liberty, and that, nevertheless, we can live free anywhere under any conditions if we choose to abide in Him.
I will try to build an inheritance of something other than a few notes drawn on the Federal Reserve. I hope to leave behind some things of genuine material value, like a place out of the wind and rain, space to raise a cow or two, some fruit trees and vines, dirt that will grow corn and beans and potatoes, maybe a little silver and gold, and .22 ammunition. Books. Lots of knives.
I have no way of knowing, though, what tomorrow will bring. I may lose every tangible possession that I have. The one thing that I can't lose is the Truth. Far more important than passing on houses or lands, gold or guns to the generations to come is passing on our "portion" in the Lord. What is our hearts is what we need to make sure is given to those who will follow us, and the best way to do that is to invest it now in those that are around us. The more of Christ we give away, the more we have to give and the more there will be for those "yet to be created".
I cannot change my pragmatic nature, but I can take time each day to turn away from the demands of my physical existence, to look to the Lord, and to acknowledge Him as the One to whom I belong and as the Pearl of Great Price -- my only true possession. All other things will slip from my grasp, will elude me in the end, as sand, as dust, as the wind that blows where it will. Treasure in heaven is eternal and sure.