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.