P.O. Box 206 302 South Main Street Gainesboro, Tennessee 38562 (931) 268-4771 Office
Gainesboro First UMC
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
"A Caring Community of Faith"

Our Pastor

   

Pastor Tim Dunavant, Josh, Staci, and Mikayla

Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner's wealth passes to the godly.

Proverbs 13:22

 

            A couple of weeks ago I attended a Martin Luther King Jr. service at the Wesley Foundation in Cookeville. A friend of mine was preaching and I was looking forward to being in a service where I had no responsibilities. That is a rare treat for me. A family came in and sat in the row directly in front of me just before the service began. The mother and grandmother of the family listened intently as the lady that was preaching spoke about the things she had endured and the change that has occurred because of Dr. King‘s legacy.

            She spoke about her mother taking her into Nashville to shop as a child. She always had to make sure she was using the correct restroom and the correct water fountain. She talked about outlining her foot on a piece of paper before going shopping for shoes. This is because they were not allowed to try on the new shoes before purchasing because they were black. She spoke about the time when she was a teenager that most of the men showed up to church on Sunday with bruises, injuries, and bandages. She asked her mother what they had done only to find out that their big offense was that they tried to eat at the lunch counter. She talked about going with them to the lunch counter the following week.

            I noticed that the young black teenage girl sitting in the row in front of me seemed to be completely uninterested. She played on her phone the entire time. This seemed to frustrate her mother and enrage her grandmother but neither one seemed to be able to encourage this young girl to take an interest in what was being spoken. They thought that she was being disrespectful, but it wasn’t until later that evening that I fully understood what had happened. That young girl was so far removed from the experiences of the speaker that she could not even relate. The grandmother acted as though this meant that she had failed in raising her granddaughter. But I see it a little bit differently.

            I see this as an indication that she has succeeded. This is what it means to leave an inheritance. An inheritance means that your kids do not have to start at the same place that you did. They do not have to fight the same battles that you did. If you leave your kids an inheritance, that means they get to start where you left off. That’s what this young teenager had been experiencing. She did not have to wage war against the same enemies or fight the same battles that her grandmother and her mother had already found victory over. She will get to soar to new heights that were not even available to them.

            Are you leaving an inheritance to the next generation? I don’t mean financially. What I am asking is are you waging war against the enemy in your community? Are you pushing the gates of hell back where you live? For every battle must be fought. And if we do not fight it, we are leaving it for the next generation. I pray that we leave them such an inheritance that they don’t even understand and are not even able to relate to the stories told about the evil that is present today.