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Nobody Has Everything


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But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God]. For we have brought nothing into the world, so [it is clear that] we cannot take anything out of it, either. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who [are not financially ethical and] crave to get rich [with a compulsive, greedy longing for wealth] fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction [leading to personal misery]. For the love of money [that is, the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically] is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [through and through] with many sorrows. But as for you, O man of God, flee from these things; aim at and pursue righteousness [true goodness, moral conformity to the character of God], godliness [the fear of God], faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith [in the conflict with evil]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and [for which] you made the good confession [of faith] in the presence of many witnesses. - 1 Timothy 6:6-12(AMP)

After reading this book about time you may feel a bit retrospective. Certainly, that is how I feel. After some internal reflection, here are my closing thoughts. Nobody has everything! That is one of the principles my wife Angel and I live by. It keeps us grounded and helps to curb our expectations out of life. Here is what I mean by that statement. There is no person on this earth whose life is perfect. Regardless of how things appear, looks can be deceiving. While some may appear to have it all, they do not. Two years before I wrote this book, the number of high profile suicides spiked, drawing international attention. Why would rich, successful people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain who seemed to have it all want to end their own lives?

The glamorous existence of the rich and famous appears to be the stuff of dreams but what we see in the media is not entirely real. It is rehearsed, scripted, air-brushed, edited, auto-tuned and perfected for human consumption. What looks like a dream life on the outside might be a nightmare to the one living it. We do not want to live other people's lives. Yes, we think we want the stuff they have but we do not want their problems. We might want their pleasures, but we do not want their pain. We might want their money, but we don't want their problems.

That perspective started for me when I was disappointed in the lack of support I received for a venture I had started. While complaining about how hard it was to keep going without help, Angel told me something profound that never left me. She said, "Be thankful for what people do for you, don't be disappointed about what they don't do." It might sound simple now but at that time, it was like the heavens opened and God Himself shined a light on me. My focus was in the wrong place. I was fixated on what I didn't have instead of what I did have. Once my perspective changed, I was content.

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