A Great Inheritance

A Great Inheritance - Kent and his dadLast week I wrote the following comment on Facebook and received 320 direct responses, not to mention 100s of other responses to related posts.

It is with sadness and gratitude that I share my dad, David Julian, passed away unexpectedly this morning. 

We are sad because he is no longer with us. We will dearly miss him!

But we are grateful for so many things. We are grateful he was such a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We are grateful he followed Christ throughout his life. We are grateful he was the same man in private that he was in public. We are grateful for all the fun memories. We are grateful for all the times he made us laugh. We are grateful for his example of consistency, kindness, gentleness, and joy. I could go on and on, but most of all we are grateful he is in heaven today because of the grace of Jesus. We are also grateful he gets to see mom again.

So while we mourn our loss, we rejoice in his life. He lived well and finished strong. I’m proud of him and very thankful he was my dad!

A few days later at dad’s Memorial Service, I shared a few thoughts about inheritance that I hope encourage and inspire you to live life to the fullest.


 Listen to Kent’s comments at his dad’s Memorial Service


Highlights of The Great Inheritance My Dad Left Me

Love…my mom and dad loved all four of their kids the same amount, but they loved each of us differently because they loved each of us as unique individuals.

Faith… I learned who God is and what he has done for us because of the model of my mom and dad.

Music…my dad’s career revolved around his passion for the piano and music. While I did not inherit a plethora of musical ability from my dad, I did inherited a great appreciation and ear for music. Our house is filled with music today because of the influence of my dad.

Hair…I inherited my hair, or lack there of, from my dad. But I love my bald head and as I like to say, “God only uncovers that which is perfect.”

Passion for Work…My dad did work he loved. In fact, even when he retired, he continued to do work he loved. My commitment to pursuing work I love was modeled to me at a very young age by my dad.

Consistency…By nature, I can be easily distracted. That’s why I’m so glad my dad modeled consistency and dependability. If he hadn’t, I don’t think I would have developed either of these qualities that are so essential for success.

What Inheritance Will You Leave Your Children?

I am grateful for the amazing inheritance my dad left me. Ever since his memorial service, I have thought a lot about the inheritance I will leave my kids someday.

Question: When your time on earth is over, what do you want to leave as an inheritance for your children? (What a great clarifying question to ask ourselves!)


  • 48DaysDan

    Great tribute to your Dad. I want to leave my kids a legacy of integrity, compassion and commitment.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      I see those in your life, Dan. And believe me, you’re building that legacy with your kids and many, many others (like me, for one). Thanks for who you are and all you do!

  • Lynne

    Great thoughts Kent. I want to leave my kids a legacy of generosity, integrity and faith.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      What a legacy that will be. Keep living it forward, Lynne!

  • Greg Payne

    Kent, thanks for sharing these thoughts with us. I am trying hard to teach my boys how to define for themselves what winning means in the different parts of their life,
    relationships, career, finances, spirituality, etc.. In that process, I try to teach them how to avoid the pitfalls that I stepped into while in my journey, which I think is a goal of most parents.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      Great insight, Greg. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.LeaderOwnerMindset.com/ Greg L. Gilbert

    Kent, thanks for sharing. Love, work ethic and integrity are the things I hope to leave with my family. I wrote and recorded a song “What Are They Leaving With?” about my kids and grand kids.


    What are they leaving with,
    Do they have a loving home?
    Leaving with,
    Have I shown them right from wrong?
    Leaving with,
    When we’re miles and miles apart and they look inside their heart,
    What are they leaving with?

    It sounds like your Dad was thinking the same thing. It’s all about “Accountable Seedership”.

    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      Greg…you leave those 3 things for your kids and grand kids and you will leave a great legacy!

  • Derek C. Olsen


    First, I’m so sorry for your lose.

    As you know, Carrie and I are expecting our first child in April 2014. I am starting to think more and more about what it means to be a parent.

    I still have both my parents, they are in their sixties and have been married for 35+ years. I have learned a lot from both of my parents.

    I’ll be thinking about your question.


  • arch1960


    Passion over profit rocks!

    Sounds like your dad WOW’d this world with the great person he was, and will remain active in the hearts of everyone that knew him personally. But then, he will also live in my my heart and rock my world through what he instilled within his own son.

    God bless you my friend. I am so glad to know you.

    From your bud, and biggest fan of all you are doing in this life to enrich others.


    • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

      Thanks Archie. My dad was such a good man. Gentle. Kind. Consistent. Talented. Caring. I miss him and am bless to have had him in my life!

  • Marty Wenger

    Love for the under-dog, and never-give-up.