Have you ever played the telephone game? You whisper a message into someone’s ear, which is passed along to a line of people. By the time the last player announces the message, it is so different that everyone is laughing hysterically!
There are other times in life, of course, where confusion needs to be replaced with clarity. Take your family, for example. If Mom and Dad pass away without a simple Estate Plan, they miss the opportunity to pass along their values and valuables to the next generation with clarity, opening the door for confusion to strain family relationships.
The good news is that our “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33), and we can live in that truth by taking steps to show love to our families and the ministries we love such as Grace Bible College.
Christian financial author and radio host Dave Ramsey recommends that you set up a “Love Drawer” so that all of the documents your family will need are in one place when the time comes.
Your “Love Drawer” could include:
- Financial statements
- Funeral instructions
- Insurance information
- List of your monthly bills
- Tax returns
- Will or Trust
- Other important documents (i.e. your birth certificate and Social Security card)
In addition to helping your family keep the peace by communicating your wishes for your valuables, you can also help the next generation carry on your values by including a Legacy Love Letter in your Love Drawer. Though not a legal document, a Legacy Love Letter is a written blessing to your family where you can express:
- Beliefs and Values about God, children, marriage, and money
- Life Lessons passed down from previous generations
- Message of Hope and encouragement for the future
- Favorite Bible Verses that have been meaningful to you
Eliminate confusion by giving your family a gift that will perpetuate peace and remind them of your love, long after you’re gone. Begin building your Love Drawer today.
This is general information and is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please consult your own advisors.