Planting a Tree for the Next Generation

“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” (Proverbs 13:22)

What will you contribute to the next generation? Will you start a vision that the generations after you can build on? Will you break the cycle of poverty, ignorance, defeat and mediocrity in your family line? How much are you willing to invest in your children? Will you say I will invest in my child so he/she will be my old age pension or are you investing in hopes of changing things for the generations ahead?

The Bible tells us that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. An inheritance goes much further than leaving a house; we have all seen or heard of cases of family members who spend time fighting each other for property.

The inheritance I am referring to is a vision. Jesus did not leave behind a building – he left a vision that his 11 disciples could continue after he was gone. Now more than 2000 years later millions of generations are still being transformed by this vision. His ministry has and continues to impact many lives.

What are you going to leave behind? Is it a building that can be destroyed in seconds by an earthquake or is there more? Is there someone you can mentor who can pass on mentorship to others after you are gone? Is there someone you can teach what you know? Who are you going to pass on your anointing to?

Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr are two examples of people whose visions and dreams outlived them. We can say that they are living from their graves today because of those dreams and visions. Similarly, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc is very present because of his vision that lives on.

Their dreams did not die with them but was passed on to other generations. Likewise our dreams should not die when we go.

A divine vision is not one that is intended only for you but for others, generations to come. Your vision should surpass dreams of owning a car, a house and having a 9-5 job. You cannot pass on that job to the next generation because you do not own the company.

Ask yourself, what are you planting for the next generation right now? Are you just trying to get by or survive? Or are you taking deliberate steps to change the cycle of your generation?

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