I recently spent 3 days in a camp cabin with 6 boys, ages 8-11. This great adventure had zip lines, blobs, and bows & arrows; all the stuff a kid needs.
I had a blast and learned a few things too:
If you are too old to have fun with kids, you are not too old just immature! Stress gets to you sometimes, so put the phone down and have some fun.
We give kids far too many rules! Yes, the world is chaotic and scary. So, we try to force it into our box to control it? This is above our pay grade, we’d better trust “Someone” stronger.
Kids are naturally curious and interested, and we should be, too! It would do us good to learn something new and unexpected.
So, what does this have to do with money, investments, and planning?
I’m glad you asked; this verse has resonated with me lately: Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Timothy 6: 17-19
We can’t have fun, enforce too many rules, and lack curiosity because we are afraid of losing something dear to us. We are already “rich”, so we fear losing our money; “successful” so we fear failure; “privileged” so we fear derecognition. Yet money, success, and privilege have never satisfied anyone, but all income levels claw and scratch for it.
Contrast that with these instructions; put your hope in God, be rich in good works, and be generous & ready to share. These are what really build something worthwhile. God offers the reality we all want, identity, success, and security; by trusting Him while making it clear that we will not find these in any of our human attempts. I know, I have tried and failed many times. I bet you have too.
Kids seem to understand this better than we do, they are more “chill”. I wonder why?