Cathy Boone died in January 2020 after living on the streets. She was homeless, struggling with drug abuse and mental illness.

That is a tragic story, but it is made even more wretched by a single fact.

Her mother had died and left her an inheritance of $900,000, which Boone left unclaimed.

Think of the difference that inheritance might have provided. Life would be so different if only she would have claimed what was given to her.

Cathy Boone is not alone. Billions leave an inheritance on the table. It is not a pile of cash but something more valuable—life as God intended it to be.


Paul reminds us that many live with the promise of an unclaimed inheritance.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23–24)

Do you serve the Lord? If not, you are ignoring the inheritance God has set aside for your eternity.

Cathy Boone’s plight and passing are melancholy scenes. More catastrophic is to lose all life can be by ignoring God.

Have you claimed your inheritance?

-Robert G. Taylor-