The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:17)

SOME PEOPLE ARE impulsive spenders; others are investors. Impulsive spenders focus on what they can have immediately. Investors focus on future benefits. Spenders relinquish their money for immediate gratification. Investors put their money to work for future gain. However, both groups are shortsighted if they fail to practice good stewardship. If we think our money belongs to us and fail to consider how we might use it to honor God, we may build a sizeable estate but not a legacy.

In most cities and suburbs, spring and summer bring out numerous weekend garage and lawn sales. If you want to see proof that too many people have spent too much money on things that have become useless to them, browse a few garage sales. Occasionally, you may find estate sales as you cruise a few neighborhoods. These venues offer clear testimony to the fact that the end of life is also the end of an owner’s link to all his or her earthly possessions. You will never see a forwarding address on an estate sale item. What Job said about himself is true of every human being: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart” (Job 1:21).

Each day presents opportunities to spend our waking hours selfishly or to invest them in service for God. The choice is clear. The consequences are eternal.

Decide to build a legacy that will extend beyond this life.

Jim Dyet and his wife, Gloria, have been married fifty-four years. They live in Colorado Springs. Jim enjoys daily walks with his small dogs and playing golf with friends