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Jun 03, 2014

A minister, a Boy Scout, and a computer expert were the only passengers on a small plane. The pilot walked to the cabin and explained that they were going down - with only three parachutes for four people. The pilot added, “I should have one of the parachutes because I have a wife and three small children.” So he took one and jumped. The computer whiz said, “I should too because I am the smartest man in the world and everyone needs me.” So he took one and jumped. The minister turned to the Boy Scout and with a sad smile said, “You are young and I have lived a rich life, so you take the remaining parachute, and I’ll go down with the plane.” The Boy Scout smiled and said, “Relax Reverend, the smartest man in the world just picked up my knapsack and jumped out!” (Illustration adapted from Ted Sutherland)

You’ve probably been warned to “look before you leap,” possibly before making a big life decision like buying a house, launching a new business or investing a large sum of money. The same is true with Estate Planning or creating a Will. God wants us to make wise decisions and to be “prudent” about the future. In the parable of the wise man that built his house on the rock, we learn that preparation truly matters.

Did you know that by creating a God-honoring Will, you can provide a sound future for the loved ones you leave behind, and also bless the ministries you care about like Bethany Christian Services? Leaving a gift in your Will is easy, and it can change lives for eternity.

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