I had reached my goals.
I had acquired wealth, fame and prestige.
I was living for the next diamond ring, the next car, the next big check.
Sure, I had God in my life, but my “stuff” was more important.
What followed were some uncomfortable years of God teaching me much about myself, about Him, and about what’s most important in life. He turned my focus off of myself (and my stuff), and on to Him.
My relationship with Him, which was once of least importance, moved to first place.
The stuff, the wealth, the things of this world became less and less important, and as they did, peace began to fill my life.
This reminds me of a scene in the movie Cars by Disney and Pixar. Let me play it for you (it’s 1 minute, 43 seconds long)…
Lighting McQueen (the red car) and I have a lot in common. He once lived for the glory, the fame, the riches life had to offer. He eventually learned all those things were not the most important in life. They were empty, just like winning the Piston Cup.
“It’s just an empty cup.”
It about brings tears to my eyes every time I watch that scene.
I get the “empty cup” meaning. Mine weren’t cups. Mine were diamond rings.
I won’t begin to try to question where you are in all of this. That’s between you and God.
This post is not written to judge anyone, and it certainly isn’t written with any behind-the-scene motives. I’ve written it to share another part of my journey with God.
I pray He uses it as He sees fit.
May each one of us put Him first in our lives. Only then will we be rich.
Thank you for walking alongside of me in this journey!