Things That Matter

Things That Matter                                                    March 3, 2024

We want to leave things for our children upon our passing.  Why?  Our children want things to remember us by, our children wants things so they will remember their childhood, and our children want things that will sustain them through the difficult years of adulthood.  What should we leave our children?

A good name: Solomon said: “A good name is to be more desired than great riches, favor is better than silver and gold” (Proverbs 22:1).  We know riches can be taken, but the reputation of a faithful Christian cannot.

A good memory of a Christian Home:  In Luke 15:11-32 the Prodigal Son was wasteful.  When he realized his plight, his memory caused him to make the long trip home.  Why?  The influence of a Christian Home is powerful in the minds of our children.

Personal example: It is important to tell our children what is right, but it is equally important to demonstrate.  Our actions and words must match.  In a world full of confusing pathways, the last thing our children need are mixed signals of what their parents stood for spiritually.

A good education:  Luke 2:52 is the perfect education…Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and Man.  We recognize our children must be vocationally proficient, but more importantly, they must be spiritually prepared!

A true faith in God!  Our children must own their faith.  Have we prepared them to explain why they believe what they believe?  Does their belief come from Scripture or tradition?

We will leave things to our children.  Choose to leave things that matter!

By Allen Jones (Adapted)


A good name is better than a good ointment

and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.”

(Ecclesiastes 7:1)