Listen to Russell Conwell’s analysis of getting a large inheritance written many years ago. He considered it to be a curse.
The moment a young man or woman gets more money than he or she has grown to by practical experience, that moment he has gotten a curse. It is no help to a young man or woman to inherit money. Oh, young man, if you have inherited money, don’t regard it as a help. There is no class of people to be pitied so much as the inexperienced sons and daughters of the rich. I pity the rich man’s son.
One of the best things in our life is when a young man has earned his own living, and when he becomes engaged to some lovely young woman, and makes up his mind to have a home of his own. Then with that same love comes also that divine inspiration toward better things, and he begins to save his money. He begins to leave off his bad habits and put money in the bank1.
If we are sitting around waiting for an inheritance or hoping for an insurance settlement we will not prosper. If our eyes are set on the chance that may come it will keep us from taking today’s step forward. Listen to how the Living Bible translates Habakkuk 2:3:
Slowly, steadily surely the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled, do not despair for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient, they will not be overdue a single day.
A prosperous soul will begin wherever it is and work toward advancement. Progress, God’s blessing, raises, promotions and favor are expected, but faithfulness and steady progress are the path to get there.