Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Another Kind of Inheritance

We have spent a bit of time talking about the importance of leaving our children and their children material inheritance. Land, barns, and gold are blessing for sure. Wanting to be able to give our covenant children these things is admirable and faithful. But there is another kind of inheritance that is equally, if not more important. Knowledge and useful skills. These can not be taxed, stolen or lost. An old man I knew as a child used to tell me, "Scott, never quit learnin'. They can't never take it away....that you got up here (while tapping the side of his head)."

The first and most important knowledge we can give to our children is a knowledge and love of the Scriptures. It is here that we learn the most important lessons and skills. This must be the foundation of Covenantal Agrarainism, if it is not, failure and judgment will be the only thing we leave future generations.

We live at a time when hyper specialization is the norm. If you think about it, this is a golden opportunity for the advancement of our cause. The specialist limit the number of children they have, can't provide anything for themselves and have created a system so unnatural that it must, in time, collapse. As the agrarians remain faithful to Gods word and multiply our numbers, we are also teaching our children skills that will help us, by Gods Grace, weather whatever storms the collapse of industrialism brings. If God sees fit to rebuild Christian culture in North America, our children and theirs, may well be those builders. Now is not the time for retreatism or pessismissim. We must not let our goal become one that centers around a "just sit back and survive" mentality. We are separating from pagan culture not to retreat, but to exclaim the Crown Rights of King Jesus.

It might well turn out that what wealth we create may be stolen or lost in the coming storm. This is why I make sure that my house learns the skills that help them survive, things that no one can take from them. I am now teaching my children (John mostly now) how to trap. This little 3 year old just soaks up this knowledge like a sponge. In addition to reading the Bible, we are currently reading a little bit of Trapping North American Fur Bearers after every meal. Just enough for a 3 year old to remember. These things will be with him for ever. Long after his money and even his health are gone, he will retain that knowledge. I pray he passes it on, not only to his seed, but to other youngsters who want to learn. When your children want to "help" you with a job, let them "help". I know to well, what a pain it can be. But do it. This is how children learn, by working along side mom and dad. If I accomplish nothing else in life, I want my children to know Christ and all his blessings and promises. I want them to know how to hunt, trap, fish, grow a garden, move cattle, chase sheep, kill a chicken, dig a ditch, and pray. I want them to do all these things, and I want them to do it for the Glory of Christ our King. The beauty of it is, all this inheritance is tax free, debt free, and can't be taken away.


At 8/30/2005 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is brimming with wisdom. Well said Scott. Thanks for the instruction and encouragement.

Herrick Kimball

At 8/31/2005 6:46 PM, Blogger Northern Farmer said...

Very good post Scott.Thank you.


At 9/01/2005 11:15 AM, Blogger wjg said...

Great post Scott.

The reminder to not discourage our kids from helping is so important. One day, if this is to work, it must be theirs so the sooner they are doing some things to get attached to it the better. I am often guilty of losing patience and just wanting to finish things alone. For those of us who are perfectionists this is tough.

The stakes are too high for us not to put into practice what you say.

At 9/04/2005 1:45 PM, Blogger JM said...

Amen, Brother. Teach your children well.. Thanks


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