The T.A. Moulton Barn is one of the most photographed and iconic images in Grand Teton National Park. Built by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons between 1912 and 1945, it is all that remains of their hard-worked-for homestead. The barn went through many changes over the years, as Moulton’s homestead and resources grew and as his needs changed.
This historic village was once a thriving ranching community, which faced the many challenges of this land, yet met these hardships head on and became successful. Long-term success was not in the future for this community, however, as the federal government began to buy up surrounding land, which eventually became the National Park.
Eventually the residents sold their homesteads to the government. The one exception was Moulton, who eventually sold his land on a life lease and kept one acre for his family. Today, the great grandchildren of T.A. Moulton continue to live on one of the only privately owned pieces of land in Grand Teton National Park.
“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children…” Proverbs 13:22a.
It’s one thing to leave property and material goods to your children. That is all well and good. But there is an inheritance that far surpasses any amount of worldly wealth we could ever acquire, and that is the heritage of a life lived for God.
I know that riches and material goods can be here today and gone tomorrow, but I know that the time I invest in my children and grandchildren can never disappear. The time I spend with them and the time I spend praying for them have lasting results that remain no matter how the economy performs.
We can all leave our children and grandchildren a lasting legacy that will do more good than all the money in the world. By teaching them about the Lord, praying for them, being a living example of godliness, and spending time with them, we are giving them the greatest inheritance of all.