Have you heard the phrase, “time is money”? Me too.
But I want you to trust me on this – That is not true! I’ve had money. I’ve had second homes. I’ve had boats and cars and extravagant vacations. And, I’ve lost them.
I’ve felt invincible and even superior when I’ve had money (that’s hard to admit).
I’ve also felt the sting of embarrassment and shame when the money and the stuff was gone.
What was the lesson learned from it all? Thanks for asking.
I have painstakingly learned that there are two commodities that I simply cannot live without…and neither of them are found in fame, riches, or positional authority. Those two commodities are PEACE and FREEDOM. Without peace, I use relationships rather then cultivate them. Without peace, I make poor decisions and see the world through grey tented glasses. Without peace, I see a grey lining in every silver cloud (see what I did right there?).
With peace, I learn to be grateful with what I have. With a spirit of gratitude, what I have is always enough. And when I’m at peace, I have the essential margin in my life that allows for ministry and service to others.
Without freedom from the feeding of my ego, I can say yes to the things that truly matter, and no to the things that lead to the trappings of stuff. Without freedom, I manipulate and mange people without trust, honesty and love.
With freedom, I am free to live in truth. I am free to serve without feeling the urge to be served. With freedom, I am not constrained by financial or fame based decisions. I can actually make God-centric decisions.
SO, WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET? Peace and Freedom? Or empty promises and manipulation? Maybe relationships wilting in the heat of conflict and anxiety?
You get to choose PEACE and FREEDOM. But they will come at a price. But that is an investment with a guaranteed return on investment.
Today, ask yourself these questions:
1. What needs to be removed from my life that is keeping me from experiencing peace and freedom?
2. In what areas am I not free to serve others and live without manipulating my circumstances?
3. What can I do, in my daily routine to help instigate peace and freedom?