Why are we so easily tricked into thinking that somehow we will be able to take it with us? We are told by the world that we have to fill up our storehouses and hoard our wealth, yet what happens to all that stored up stuff? The Bible says that it rusts, is eaten by moths or is stolen by thieves.
We argue that we need to save for retirement and we need to leave something for our kids. In reality we usually need a lot less than the financial planners tell us we need, especially if we are not planning on retiring. If you plan to fulfil your calling until the day they put you in a pine box, then you really don't need anything other than some insurance in case you cannot work. And do your kids really need that big inheritance? That inheritance is much more likely to mess them up then it is to bless them.
I suppose the question we all need to ask ourselves is, how much is enough? One wealthy author I was reading mentioned that in all his calculating, nobody needs more than 12 million a year (!)
That buys you a big house, a big vacation property, too many cars, a yacht and a private jet. Anything more and it's just getting the same things, but bigger.
12 million may sound like a lot, but nowadays all the real go getters want to be billionaires. A billion is a lot more than 12 million by my calculations.
Here's the point. The pauper, the millionaire, and the billionaire are all ending up in the same place when they die. More money doesn't make us happy nor does it fill the void in our hearts.
Ultimately we are all chasing the same thing and that thing is available to everyone. Our hearts and souls crave to know the unfailing love of God.
The enemy keeps us busy on a torrid schedule accumulating things so that we don't have time to spend in His presence.
It's time to re-evaluate our priorities and step off the speeding treadmill and truly start to enjoy life through relationship with God and with others.
Where can you carve out some time with God? How can you make God the 'one thing' as you go through your day?
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Thanks for your comment. It's great getting insight from someone that has been practicing for 41 years. Feel free to add wisdom through your comments. I agree you do have to store up some to not be a burden and take care of yourself. At the same time I see young doctors being counselled to store away millions of dollars for retirement and it adds a tremendous amount of stress.
Personally I have found that a strategy of getting out of debt early, spending less than you make and saving through a registered plan worked out great.
Planning to create a balanced work/home life in later years by bringing in partners and associates is another great strategy that I have used.
I hope that you find the right person to help you out soon. Maybe someone reading your comment can help you out.
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