Are You Rich?
I love listening to others share what they would do if they won the lottery and how they would spend their money if they were suddenly rich. Throughout my life, I’ve met many individuals who are very rich and had the opportunity to observe what they sacrificed to achieve their level of wealth.
When I started to really think about those individuals recently, I asked myself, “What does being rich mean to me?” The answer was broad, as I feel you can have riches beyond measure in spirit, relationships, impact on the world, and more. For some, like myself, you may be rich in multiple areas of life that have nothing to do with being wealthy.
While there isn’t anything wrong with making money and enjoying it, what might you be missing out on after becoming a workaholic and never seeing your family? Is it worth it? If we allow money to become our God and interrupt the relationships we’ve built, we may turn around one day to find we have no one left to share the wealth with.
I once heard Shania Twain talking with Oprah about how as kids, she and her siblings often weren’t sure if they would have enough money for food on a given day. Now, though she has plenty of money, she can’t always enjoy food because she’s worried about how she looks so she watches everything she eats.
That interview struck me as funny when it got me thinking about how life can turn out. Many people who win the lottery and were getting by before they won take their winnings and go wild with spending then end up filing bankruptcy. It makes me wonder, “Did they really gain anything?” I used to pray we would never win the lottery out of fear that everyone would want money from us rather than treasuring us for the relationships we’ve built with them.
While money can allow you freedom and opportunities, it can also steal them if you let it. This week, I encourage you to consider what being rich means to you and how you can grow those areas of your life to achieve riches beyond measure!
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
What does being rich mean to you?
If you won the lottery would it add freedom or fear to your life?
When is enough, enough when making sacrifices to grow monetary wealth?
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