serenity…

Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions…

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Savings and investments go hand in hand. One facilitates the other and in other occasions one is an alternate to the other. The discipline is made easier when motivations are clear. It is difficult sometimes to define our intentions and so asking the question “what you’d do with a $1,000,000 inheritance” 😊 can help a great deal. In fact, this is what I’d do…

Security – I shudder at the thought of not being able to support myself. Not being able to meet my obligations. Becoming a nightmarish burden to others. I’d save the money in places that would come through in the forthcoming days or rather years…

Serenity – I have dreams of living in a place with growing gardens and inviting interiors. A place where kids can happily play and their papa can find absolute rest. So we’d rush to get that ridiculously priced and awesomely beautiful house we thought we’d never own…

Surety – this word has 2 definitions. The first is being sure about the immediate future. More or less like what’s mentioned up there under security. The other is being legally responsible for debt or obligation another. With the pocket change 😊 I’d quickly set up a printing / publishing outfit in the hope that it would also profit the loads and loads of people employed…

Catch my drift? 😊 So then is it all about amassing wealth and living the good life? Luke 12 offers some sobering perspective…

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.

Back to my $1,000,000 loot 😊 story… I don’t think my desires above are greedy but I can tell you there’s stuff my heart conjures every so often that is pure greed. The greater challenge is being rich toward God. Not allowing money – or anything else for that matter – to take the place of God. My prayer “So help me God! So help me God…”

FIRMEnough

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