I can remember meeting my future financial planner at a basketball game back in the early 90’s. I knew then I wanted to start BTL but I didn’t have enough yet. I wanted his help to build my financial strength so I could take the leap. He did his job. I did not jump. I waited. I was too weak to make the leap.
I was spiritually, mentally, and relationally weak. My bank account had grown strong but my CORE had not. Still to this day I need reminders to squelch my rampant insecurities. We all need reminders. I mean why else would the writers of the Bible include hundreds of reminders for all of us to “fear not!”
God accepts me, just as I am. God looks at me and sees who I’m becoming and reminds me I am His. God does not infuse doubt and wrongful desire. God promises peace regardless my performance. God reminds us we are not a lone, never have been, never will be. God is good. You and I are enough. Financial poverty is not our problem. We can all solve this one when we realize we’re already enough. Our financial statements just require each of us to be practical when it comes to debits and credits, you know. Spend less than you make. Save as a discipline. Enough.
Our spiritual poverty is the real hole.
As Pascal said so eloquently back in the 1600’s – “We all have a God shaped vacuum that only He can fill.” Six, seven, eight, or even nine figure net worths won’t fill it. Fourteen or fifteen majors didn’t do it for Tiger. Gold medals won’t make you whole and neither will National or World championships.
There is nothing wrong with the aim for excellence and straining for success. We are made for good work and lots of it. Keep it all in perspective. Practice. Do good work. Focus on the process. You are already more than enough. So, go on push forward with persistence and peace. Trust God. Trust yourself. Trust a few friends. Trust the process. You are enough. And, you are capable of so much more. Quiet your inner chatter. Listen for His voice. Keep working. Don’t be afraid. Go for it. Take the leap.
Live hard. Love harder…