Leaving this world with less than you had when you entered it.

The title sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But if you think about it, it’s true. You can spend all your time chasing fame and fortune. You can put your family on hold to gain access to chasing your rainbow. You can even tell yourself that you’re chasing that rainbow to get that pot of gold at the end, just for your family. You can work all your life to buy that million-dollar home in that gated community, but why? Wouldn’t a nice 120,000 dollar home provide you with the same comfort? A roof over your head, shelter from the weather, a safe haven. A place to watch your children grow up without sacrificing the time you have to spend with them. Time is the one thing you can never have enough of or ever get back. Just ask a dying man, which is more valuable, time or money? Let’s play a little monopoly here, let’s say you own almost everything possible. When you finally do take the time to look in the mirror, what do you see? Where did that young person go, where did all these wrinkles come from? Let’s take a stroll through the house, look at the photos on the wall. How many Birthday parties did you miss while those babies grew up? Ah, there are mom and dad, gone now for almost a decade. So many sales pitches that visiting them was always, “See you when I can.” Oh goodness sake, just look at your little sister and brother hanging on the wall, smiling sweetly at you. Now one has dementia and the other is only where God could find him.
You have worked your life away and never looked at the treasures you already had in your life. The sad thing is, when you leave this world you are poorer than when you came into it. When you arrived you had your breath and that will even be gone. What I am attempting to say is this, “There is nothing wrong with nice things, but you have so many nice things already. They are more precious than gold, I’m referring to your family. Don’t get so wrapped up in making it big that you forget what the BIG picture is.

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