Most of us hear the word “investment” and dollar signs instantly come to mind. But, the type of “investments” I’m referring to have nothing to do with the stock market or bank accounts. These investments are relationships. Healthy relationships bring joy and true wealth when money is nowhere to be found.
This past weekend, I was in Billings, Montana, celebrating the beautiful life of my precious Aunt Elsie. She was one of the people that held such a special place in my heart since childhood.
I remember the excitement on her face when our van would pull up to her house. (This would scare others, but not her!) I remember anticipating “the exploration of the farm” with her… and I mean EVERY square inch of the farm. (Poor Aunt Elsie) I remember her sweet voice and all the stories she would tell us about the cows and Uncle Bob.
Even though Aunt Elsie was confined to a wheelchair by her 30’s, she chose to make the most of her situation and stay positive. I understand NOW how incredibly difficult this must have been for her and her family. Such dignity… such grace… such a legacy she was leaving to all of us.
We are wealthy not because we have thousands of dollars in a bank account, but because of people who love us and vice versa.
Please don’t misunderstand me. We all know it’s nice to have enough money to pay the bills and put food in the mouths of our kiddos. (Possibly a few more.) But I fear many of us put more effort towards our financial investments than our relationship investments.
I know what my Aunt Elsie’s top investments were as we remembered her last Saturday. They were sitting in the pews of the beautiful, country church in Billings.
We were all left to answer the questions knocking on the door of our hearts that day. Such as…What will matter most in the end? All the money we did or didn’t make, or the relationships we did or didn’t invest in?
I guarantee it will be the people that matter most.
Good relationship investments never just “happen”. They take time and intentional effort.
Let’s do an inventory on our investments. Have we told the people we care about the most how much we love them? Do we have a relationship that could use a “re-boot”? How about a relationship desperately in need of some forgiveness?
Are we making good investments?
“…The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?“–Dead Poets Society