What Makes YOUR Life Rich?
Brad's RichLife Story!
"Though not every trip is a life-changing event, trips certainly have the potential to become lifelong memories! Anything we plan for ourselves and our families, regardless of how small, has the potential to become a living gift. A memory we can turn over and over in our thoughts at any time we choose. A treasure, so to speak, of the mind. These experiences that we create for ourselves have the ability to add significantly to our RichLife. In fact, they become a greater part of our wealth, more so than you might think. More so than I ever thought!" ~ from Investment #5 – Creating Unique Experiences On Purpose – The Rich Life – 10 Investments For True Wealth
Here is Brad's RichLife Story!
You were talking about financial stewardship, and one of the things that my wife and I always do is ask ourselves what can we do to invest in our children because they are our most important resource. One of the things that we do is try to live within our means daily – we don't overspend on housing or vehicles. We like to give to the our local church. And what we have found is that when we do that, we have extra money to go and do things that build great experiences for our kids and family.For the past five years my Dad, my brother and myself – and for the past three years my middle son too – all go on a trip down to Orlando during spring training and check out the Atlanta Braves. We have a blast watching them play. My son looks forward to this trip every year. It really gets him out of his winter rut! He gets to meet some of the players he has grown to love because he has seen them up close and in person.You know, you can go down there and get tickets for spring training, front row seats for $20!!!! And, you really can't get an experience like that anywhere else without paying an arm and a leg. My son Caleb just loves going on that trip and we've got it planned again for this year!We're going to Orlando and hitting the Braves' baseball games, going to Leggoland for 2 days and coming back to catch a few more games. He is 7 years old and he's been going for 3 years now. I have a 4 year old at home so he will start coming along with us next year when he is a little bit older and can sit through a whole game. He is already looking forward to it!
My 8 year old daughter has been asking what she and I are going to be doing together too! She's in the third grade and right now they are studying the history of the original 13 Colonies. My wife and I got an idea the other day when we were in Philadelphia for a wedding. We are thinking that it would be a great idea if my daughter and I fly up to Philadelphia to check out the sights for a quick weekend trip and come right back!
I know that those experiences right there are really what those kids are going to remember for the rest of their lives. You can't create those kind of experiences unless you, in all areas of your life, are wise with your finances and your time. My wife owns a small business and I am a school teacher. We made a decision to make it work. God has truly blessed us and our kids and we pray that our kids will be able to make a huge impact on this world.
When you honor God with your time, money and your family, He will bless you. My wife is a pharmacist locally and just to let you know, her boss – the owner of the pharmacy that she works at – passed away four months ago. What is amazing to both of us is that he left the pharmacy to wife in his will. And that is a direct result of the stewardship he saw in her life and the trust that he had in her to take good care of the business.
It was an extremely generous thing for him to do and he knew that my wife would continue the tradition of serving people first – not do it for the profit, not for any sort of fame or glory – but to really do the right thing for the people in the community so that everyone is helping each other out!
That is what the RichLife is all about for us. It starts little by little, and before you know it, you are BLESSED!!
Sometimes we get so busy with life and work and all of the day-to-day stuff right in front of us, that before we know it, the kids are all of a sudden grown up and we have lost the opportunity to create those kinds of experiences with them, to create memories that can be shared over and over again. Memories like that really become an asset whose value can only be described as PRICELESS!
So, what makes your life RICH? Do you have a story to tell that will bless all of us? I'd love to hear it!! Drop me a line – it could be featured in our next RichLife story spotlight!