In my library is a book given to my wife, Louise, when she graduated from high school.
It’s "In His Steps" by Charles Sheldon, written first in 1937. She got it out again recently and in it, I
found a comment I had written and had left the yellowed piece of paper in the book. It said, "We became heirs when Christ
died. Jesus died and rose to become His own Executor. The New Testament is His will and testament to us of our inheritance.
To find out what He gave us…read it!"
Frankly, I’m not legally
minded enough to know whether my comment is the way a court would put it, but my point is that Christians are children of
God, and our heritage is Heaven.
At any rate, I consider my heritage to have
been the Christian parents that He gave to me, and that is also my greatest blessing. They taught me how to live simply by
their words and actions as I grew up. I heard many of Dad’s sermons as a pastor where we attended down through the years,
but he never "preached" to me. I just absorbed.
He never said a word
to me during my growing up about staying away from drinking, smoking, gambling or drugs…that last one not even being
dreamed of in those days. Any yet I never had a thought about "trying out" any of those things. I do remember once
someone offered me a puff off his cigarette but I gave him a friendly "no thanks." I didn’t even play marbles
for "keeps," which meant keeping any marbles you knocked out of the ring during a game.
But don’t get the idea that I’m playing the martyr or have made sacrifices. Those things just
weren’t temptations. Like my eating habits; the reason I was always thin, and even now weight about the same as in Navy
boot camp in 1948.
At any rate, I had a fine heritage; my greatest blessing.
I would pray the same for everyone. I’ve had a very interesting life, and am at the best part now.
If you want to be included in God’s "Legal Will," become one of His children by doing His