"...for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many." Nehemiah 7:2
As you think of the future, what do you plan to leave behind? Stocks and bonds? Property? Investment-quality art? As important as planning for the future is, there is one fact that so many fail to recognize. You're creating a legacy that will live beyond your death. Your character will continue to speak for good or evil after your life on earth has ended.
"Unquestionable character" is one of the greatest gifts we can leave behind. So many, by concentrating on amassing financial wealth, fail to help build honesty, responsibility, compassion, or love for God and their fellow man, into the life of their kids.
Character begins with your example--your life. It's more caught than taught, but teaching is important too. You can't leave your heirs a greater gift than this.
Wouldn't you like to know that your life will be remembered for more than money? What a legacy we leave our kids when they reflect on our lives and say, "My Mom and Dad are the finest people I've ever known."