Intentional Inheritance Advice From The Wealthiest Man Who Ever Lived

Family Transformation

Intentional Inheritance Advice From The Wealthiest Man Who Ever Lived

Eric DunavantMarch 30, 2020

Until a couple of weeks ago distractions were everywhere.

  • Sports
  • Theater
  • Music
  • Activities for my son’s Senior year
  • The list goes on

We had enough distractions that it was easy to get caught up wasting time instead of living our calling and being intentional with those around us.

Today we get to set new priorities.

We get an opportunity to completely move things around.

How can we use this current disruption to invest more into our families?

How can we use this opportunity to Intentionally Transform the generations ahead of us?

To truly understand this opportunity, I want to talk first about King Solomon.

King Solomon was one of the wealthiest men who ever lived.

God asked him to pray for whatever he wanted, and he, interestingly, did not pray for wealth.

He asked for was wisdom.

In this request King Solomon becomes the most incredible case study.

King Solomon is wisest and the wealthiest man who ever lived!

He contributed to several books of the Old Testament where he shared his wisdom and his thoughts on wealth and inheritance.

He spoke specifically about family and inheritance in Ecclesiastes 7:11-12.

“Wisdom like an inheritance is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.”

All of us are leaving some form of inheritance.

Most of us spend the bulk of our thoughts focused on the financial inheritance we are leaving.

In the midst of a financial downturn, it’s not uncommon to feel as if our ability to leave an inheritance has diminished.

King Solomon challenges that line of thinking.

If we look closely at his words, we discover that our current circumstances have enabled us to leave the greatest inheritance of all.

WISDOM.

King Solomon is saying that the only inheritance that matters is wisdom.

If we leave only wisdom, there is a strong chance our heirs will learn to thrive.

If we leave only money, and no wisdom, the money will most likely be fleeting.

Intentional families understand that money does not measure our significance.

Intentional families are transformed when they slow down, sit down and talk about the things that matter.

This last Sunday, my family and I sat around the kitchen table and had an honest conversation about how we’re feeling.

How some mornings we wake up depressed.

Sometimes we’re scared.

We have to have authentic conversations.

The most intentional conversations don’t hide from the truth.

Passing wisdom happens in authenticity.

Today, the opportunities are greater than ever.

How will you use this opportunity to be more intentional?

How will you invest in the greatest inheritance you have to leave?

About the Author

Eric DunavantEric is the president of Paradiem, a man devoted to God and the advancement of His Kingdom.

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