I just heard an advertisement touting the wisdom of investing in gold. With news stories of the devalued US dollar, the stock market plummeting and rising and plummeting again bombarding us, we may be tempted to do as the advertisement suggests and invest in gold. Or pork bellies. Or corn. Or some other thing.
The fact is, my husband and I have made some bad investments over the years. Fortunately, we've made some good ones as well. I figure they even each other out. More fortunately still, we have made other, better investments. In each other. In our children. In our friends. In our faith.
Investments in worldly things may or may not pay off. When we invest in eternal things, we have a much better chance of recouping our outlay. What things have you invested in lately? Have you invested in family? In a friendship? In your relationship with God?
But, you may protest, "I haven't invested anything." Are you certain? Are you raising children to have high moral values? If so, you have invested in them. Have you given up purchasing something for yourself so that you can pay tithing to your church? You have invested in your beliefs. Investments come in different shapes, different sizes, different forms. What you invest in, in large part, determines what kind of individual you are.
So, for today, I am grateful for investment in things of eternal worth.