As a young boy, I enjoyed being at the farm home of my Grandma and Grandpa Dietlein on the farm in Bay County, Mich. My heart is filled with many pleasant memories of these two wonderful people, and some of those memories were formational in shaping me into the person I am today.

One of those stories is of my Grandpa, a lumberjack and farmer most of his life, who enjoyed reading a Bible storybook. I picture him still, sitting and reading that book; when he got done reading, he would start over at the beginning. Time and again this went on. When he wasn’t reading, I was allowed to read it, too. I remember the black-and-white drawings and the handful of color prints.

The book, now well over 100 years old, enthralled me then and it does today. You see, after my grandparents died, I was surprised to be given it. They had written inside the cover that after their passing, they wanted me to have it. I cannot adequately put into words how much that old treasure means to me because it was passed on from Grandma and Grandpa to me.

My point is for you to think about what you are passing on to your loved ones. In I Corinthians 15: 3-4, the Apostle Paul was led to write, “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures had said.”

What of importance are you passing on? What matters most to you? Be intentional about passing it on, just as Paul was.

Wirsing is senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Contact him at tcw1@trinluth.org.

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