A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” Proverbs 13:22 


As we’re in the midst of Season 3 of the Forever Marriage Podcast entitled, FINISH WELL, it has me thinking a good bit of how I want to finish well myself.


For most young people starting in their first job, retirement and finishing life literally feels like a lifetime away. Yet, it’s never too soon to begin planning for that lifetime. 


Personally, I’ve never found retirement (in the true sense of the word) that appealing. I love what I do. I can’t imagine a day of not doing it. True, I may not always do what I do in a full-time capacity, but I do hope to always be about the work of the Lord in some capacity. After all, there’s only so much golf you can play and gardening you can do.


I much prefer to go out as King David did. Luke records it this way, “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and underwent decay (Acts 13:36).” That appears to be what biblical retirement looks like. 


Yet, there seems to be wisdom in planning and preparing for the future. And, not only for our future, but the future of our children and grandchildren as well. 


The writer of Proverbs states, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children..(Proverbs 13:22).  Obviously, that inheritance is not just financial.  It’s equally (if not more)  important to leave a lasting legacy of faithfulness, loyalty, devotion, and righteousness.  


What lasting legacy will you leave?


Are you adequately preparing financially for your future?  


If not, where do you need to start?  


Who is someone who can come alongside you to help you out?  


Is there someone “upstream” from you who seems to be wise in how they are planning and preparing for the future?  


How might you learn from them?


Even if you have to start small, start saving now for your retirement – even though it may not be your first paycheck.


Scott & Dawn Smith