Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Inheritance

1 Peter 1:3-4 says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you."

Isn't it refreshing to know that we (who are believers in Jesus Christ) are guaranteed an eternal inheritance in Him? Lately, my mind has been thinking a lot about financial planning for retirement. Brian and I have been managing our retirement savings and adding life insurance to our budget, so it's really jogged my brain about the future.

For some it may seem grim to realize that all of this "stuff" on earth is fleeting and vanishing. But, to me, it's reassuring. I'm so thrilled to know that the only thing that counts is my walk with Christ. That's it. Sure, I need to be a responsible steward, but all of the things that we count as riches are temporary.

Just a thought. It sure is easier to resist buying into the latest and greatest commercial craze when I stop and remember what counts.

One visual reminder of my inheritance came into my home this weekend. For years, I've been kindly reminding my grandmother that I wanted her wedding china when she was ready to pass it on. I didn't register for any china, because I knew that one day, I would have hers.

This weekend, she handed it over to me. She reminded me that it's monetary value is low. And, I smiled and reminded her that it's the sentimental value that matters to me.

As soon as I got home, I cleared out a place in my itty bitty kitchen to house these treasures. I couldn't stand for it to remain packed away in inky newspaper. I wanted to see it. To use it.

Isn't it lovely. So simple. So elegant. So timeless. Just like my grandparents.


podso said...

I'm sure it delighted your grandmother to give you her china, and it's so nice that you care about it because it was hers. And it's so nice you unpacked it and plan to use it! And it's pretty! The white can be the backdrop to wonderful colors on your table!

Rebecca (Craving Simplicity) said...

Oh this just makes me cry!!! Such a sweet post!

one of nettie's girls said...

Yes! Display it and use it. For years I kept a beautiful tablecloth and pillow cases packed away for safekeeping. My mother had embroidered them and they were so pretty. One day I realized that she wanted me to enjoy them and admire her handiwork. So, I started using them. Sure, they wore out, but what sweetness it was to look at them and be reminded of her hours of of loving labor.

Erin said...

Beautiful post and lovely china!

Julie-CA said...

Very pretty. How special to have some sentimental china like that. Meals shared are so intimate and having them served on sentimental china like that is the icing on the cake. Very special. I hope you and brian have many wonderful memories using them. One week from today is the first day of fall, you know. My husband and I and our son Noah are going to start a new tradition by going to a local pumpkin farm here on the first day of fall. You should make a nice, big, healthy, homey meal and celebrate fall's arrival with your new china. Why, you can invite all of Texas with all those plates!

A. Smattering said...

I just started my own blog and was simply browsing around when I stumbled across your blog...what a good reminder that our treasure is in heaven. =)