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The Great Spend-Down

Life is a lot like a bank account. It’s all how you spend it.

When we were tossed from heaven to earth into our mother’s wombs, we were given a certain amount to spend. It was unearned. We were, in fact, the ultimate “trust-fund babies.”

The interest accrued was time and effort by our parents and caretakers such as teachers and mentors and coaches and tutors and big brudders and sisters. Our natural abilities began to grow into remarkable giftings.

We gained momentum and just didn’t stop. Before long, we were in some relationships and careers and it then it became lawful to draw from the trust fund.

Personally, with this new freedom and power, I made monstrous withdrawals and misspent my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual resources. The trick of it was this: we never get back those days of waste. Could this be the origin of penitent psalmist, “Forgive the sins of my youth?”

Life moved on and with each heartbeat, the clock began to tick down on how we were investing those talents.

We have money managers in the natural. They help us plan so that we have enough resources to see us through to our final day and have some left over for our significant other and/or offspring.

With each and every wake and funeral, we walk up to the casket and it’s like going up to the bank teller. Will the teller wink and say, “Wise choice” or will he give us one of those looks?

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: From birth to death, we intrinsically understand that our gifts our not our own. They are a piece of God’s sacred nature that He lends to us and we must walk through life understanding that “trust-fund babies” are expected to become “trust-fund adults” who know what it means to pass it on.

Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good… Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Psalm 25:7 NIV, Matthew 25:19-21 ESV


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