«Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward'(Psalm 127:3)
When the North American industrial magnate Wellington Burt died (18311919), nobody could imagine the strange content of his will. He left an enormous inheritance that could not be immediately passed on to his descendants. They had to wait until all his children and grandchildren died, let twenty-one years pass and then divide the wealth among the descendants that were living at that moment. These conditions were not fulfilled until 2010, almost a century after his death. This is how twelve direct descendants (great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren) who, without having known their ancestor, received the corresponding share of an inheritance that exceeded one hundred million dollars. Nobody knows the reasons for this eccentric decision. It could have been caused by his desire to keep controlling other people’s live seven after his death. Inheritances are usually complicated and frequently cause serious disputes and grudges among the heirs.
In today’s verse, a heritage entails much more than money or material assets. The Lord passes children on to us. Despite being the owner of all things on earth (Deut. 10:14, He chose to give us children as a legacy. Any inheritance, including children, brings administrative problems and some serious headaches, but it also provides satisfaction and rewards.
There are some advantages that children bring. Firstly, children add purpose, meaning, and motivation to their parents’ lives. Secondly, they strengthen the marital relation. Thirdly, they create good disposition and bring many happy and unforgettable moments within the family. Next, they help parents minimize their selfishness and become more disciplined and better prepared to deal with the difficulties in life. Finally, the Holy Scriptures give parents the enormous privilege of teaching their children heavenly values «when you sit in our house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up» Deut. 6: 7). This way, when the child «is old he will not depart from it the way] (Prov. 22:6). What a great privilege it is to lead children to the feet of God!
If you are a father or a mother, think today of your children not as a burden but as the inheritance you received from God Himself. With this attitude, you will love them more and your relationships with them will be richer. If you do not have children, improve your attitude toward the little ones and act like Jesus who prayed for them and warned His apostles, «Let the children come to me and do not forbid them» (Matt. 19:14).