I am not, and have never really been, a worrier about money. Throughout my life the Lord has always made sure that I had what I needed when I needed it. I have a smallish sort of retirement account that I like to watch grow and gain. It has been part of my daily routine for years to check on it. When it goes up, that’s fun. When it goes down I’m not upset or anything, but no one likes to see that happen. The account had already once lost a significant amount of worth once the last time the market went sort of crazy a number of years ago. My account had since recovered from that and had started to grow nicely.
But, since things had already started to become a little dicey in the stock market again, I hadn’t checked the status of my retirement account since before I left for Teen Missions (back in May). Watching the number slowly drift downward did nothing positive for me. So I decided not to bother checking it for awhile. Things had not improved when I returned home in September. I avoided checking.
After things really got crazy I decided I should no way look at it.
However, today, my morbid curiosity got the better of me. I figured if it was at least “such and such a number”, I wouldn’t be too sick to my stomach. It took a long time for the page to load. When the number came up, I sort of went slack-jawed. It was so much worse than I imagined.
I shouldn’ta done it! I shouldn’ta looked!
When will I learn to listen to that really smart still small voice inside of me?
To all of you who also are experiencing financial losses and maybe are afraid of what those losses might mean to you now and in the future, hang in there. Look to the source of all things and trust that He will take care of things. Don’t let this financial beating we are taking rob you of the joy that is to be found in EVERY DAY. Take extra time to give back to others with your energy, your time, your emotions, and yes, even some of the money you still have.
I, for one, feel so blessed to live in a country where most people live in excess compared to those in many countries who always live in state of having nothing more to lose.