The Great Investment
Family, faith, and finance are the three ingredients of a successful life.
Isn't it interesting how so many things come in threes? There are three aspects of God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There are three parts of humans--body, mind, and soul. There are three stages of life--eternity past, eternity present, and eternity future. The Pauline epistles refer to a group of three as well; Paul writes of faith, hope, and charity. The Hebrew chronologist speaks of the inner court, the outer court, and the holy of holies. Even our government breaks down into three branches: the executive, the judicial, and the legislative, all three working together to form a system in which justice is served.
In my near 25 years of pastoring, I have discovered another cohesive triplet that is essential to the life traveler in order to be happy and successful. We can carry only a limited number of bags if we are to move efficiently and effectively to our desired destination. I believe there are three bags we should all carry: faith for the hard times; family for the fulfillment of intimate and interpersonal needs; and finances through which one acquires the luxury of options. Faith, family and finance--if you carry these three and not destroy one in the pursuit of another, nothing is impossible.
To achieve success, any sojourner needs to have those three bags and five concepts plotted out on a map to get to a destination expeditiously and securely. We need to locate our faith in the favor of God; identify our gifting; recognize the power of a plan; learn that giving is the cycle that releases more in our lives; and always have the knowledge that 10% of what we have is not ours--but belongs to God.
Faith is the foundation of all we want to achieve. It acts as a compass, guiding us on our journey to ultimate fulfillment. It gives direction in a chaotic world and credence to that which is beyond human comprehension.
Family is the anchor, keeping us grounded, supporting us, and allowing us to stay focused. Our immediate family, our community, and our culture all play a part in shaping who we are and what we do. A healthy family sustains us while giving meaning to our endeavors.
Finally, and no less crucial, finance is the often misunderstood factor in the equation for success. It is the vessel that brings us to our destination--enabling us to go where we are meant to be. We need to remove the veil from this frequently neglected topic. Rather than ignore finance in our spiritual life, God has called on His people to prosper and to use financial resources to spread His message and accomplish their dreams.
My earnest prayer is to empower every man and woman by providing the tools that the Master Carpenter has given me to build a fortified house that will be undivided and to chart a course for unwavering success, thus accomplishing everything God has promised to you.
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