It’s that time of year when we are encouraged to invest so we can expect a beneficial return on our hard worked money. We’ve all seen the charts that stimulate us into a positive action. The earlier we begin – the greater the profit especially as we prepare for retirement.
There are a variety of other investments that are just as important. Anyone who has raised children know that it is vital to invest not just our time but also our talent and treasure to lead them into a responsible adult. I’ve read and heard of many professionals who are warning us to limit the amount of time our children spend watching TV and using their cell phones. It is the new addiction that is becoming a challenge to producing a balanced generation.
I believe my best investment is in people even though they will often not meet MY expectations. So what? Who’s to say I am always right? It’s not my duty to control people but I will do my best to guide others in a direction that will offer them and those they love a better return” for their efforts.
In 1975 my wife and I invested our lives into serving God. Some of my co-workers questioned my decision. It didn’t make sense to leave a secure job that I loved doing in the oil industry and begin my Bible School studies. Most of my coworkers in the late 1970’s are now relaxing with a healthy retirement plan. Good for them. My reward is still to come and the main benefits are not found on an annual balance sheet.
Jesus told those who gathered to hear His Sermon on the Mount “ Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” Matthew 6:19,20). With our global economy in such a volatile condition I definitely encourage everyone to invest in what the Bible shows us to be an eternal reward.
Pastor Brad Montsion
Fountaingate Christian Assembly