A Different Type of Investment Strategy

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What is your investment strategy? Everyone has one, whether you are Wall Street hotshot who gets to smoke cigars in the penthouse office, or guy who works the drive thru at McDonalds.

What does yours include? Do you invest in stocks, bonds, houses, clothes, electronics, vacations, or maybe fast cars.

When we think of investment strategy we think it is reserved for smart financial people, but the truth is that our strategy is however we plan (or don’t plan) to spend our money. So whether it involves the DOW Jones Index or buying more stuff at the mall, we all invest our money somewhere somehow.

Jesus often spoke about money, because He knew how vital it was to our everyday lives and what it meant to our spiritual health.

He once explained the true purpose of money by saying, “Realize that the purpose of money is to strengthen friendships, to provide opportunities for being generous and kind. Eventually money will be useless to you- but if you use it generously to serve others, you will be welcomed joyfully into your eternal destination.”[1]

Jesus was offering a different investment strategy, not one that fluctuates with the economy, and is destabilized by a new war thousands of miles away. His strategy was to leverage money to love others. Simple.

That is not to say that buying cars, stocks, or nice clothes are bad things, because they aren’t. But when those items become a stumbling block from unleashing our generosity we know we have screwed up. It’s okay to have money, but it’s not okay for money to have us.

Jesus was right, we cannot take our money into eternity, but if we use it to invest in others and reveal love and kindness to them, that has real eternal value.

Is this message offending you? Good, because it offends me too. If it offends you to be told that you need to stop looking for ways to just use money for yourself and begin looking for ways to invest in others there is only one solution:

START GIVING. Find a cause, a charity, or a church and begin to give until it hurts, and then give some more. When you give even when it hurts something begins to change inside of you, you grow into a generous person and you begin to leave a legacy that counts.

[1] Luke 16:9 The Voice