There is much tragedy surrounding families and the loss of their heirlooms, resulting from one of its members addiction to drugs and alcohol. To get a fix, addicts find nothing sacred,the alcoholic is known to be willing to sell his own mother for a drink. Their are many families that have never experienced this loss, and their heirlooms remain intact and passed on to the next generation. Some heirlooms do not have value to anyone but the family, like portraits or photos of members who have passed. Some heirlooms however, are priceless, and if lost to thievery, irreplaceable.
In recovery meetings, members have a commonality, being our addictions to drink, drug, gambling, over-eating, etc. We become like a family as we recover, trying hard to help each other get better. We really do not have anything of any tangible value to pass to each other, and to the newcomer. What we pass on to each other is an understanding, as well as knowledge on how to work to stay sober and clean. This is priceless, and free. No re-hab can do for the individual that AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, et al, can do. It is the steps, sponsorship, fellowship, and giving back, as well as the spiritual fitness awareness, that create a willingness to remain clean. These unseen heirlooms are invaluable. Here is an example:
"Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us." The Big Book of AA, pg.164
Of course this is a miniscule example of what you find, AA and NA's big books, and the legacy of the founders. These programs, as well as the afore mentioned, teach and instruct in life through values, that are founded in spiritual principles. There is yet another family that has heirlooms that can never be taken away. This family is based on a "spoken" seed, unseen but real, and received by anyone who believes.
The seed is the Word of God, aka Jesus the Christ, aka Son of Righteousness, aka Lamb of God, aka Lion of Judah, aka, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is the Head of the family. Through His accomplished work, we are not only adopted into the family from our belief in Him, but we get our inheritance that moment we proclaim His Lordship over our lives. That moment we pass from death unto life, without payment or working for the privilege! All you have to do is this:
"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
"For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom.10:9,13
Well I'm not ready just yet...you're thinking, now is good, now is the time:
"For He(God) says, 'in an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you'...behold (look) now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation!"
1 Cor. 6:2
There you have it, your are welcome into the family that you get to keep forever. The family heirlooms are yours to keep. Peace, joy, love, hope, and faith are just a few of the innumerable heirlooms that are yours to enjoy. The family you belong to now has heirlooms too, only the ones they pass down to you are in the form of misery, hopelessness, darkness, eternal separation from The Light, the Love, and fellowship with the Maker and Giver of every good thing. Come and get you some life!
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!