The spirit of mammon. Looking back, I really fell for it. Even though I was a Christian, I really didn’t get it. My career was racing from one zenith of success to another. I was working hard, smart, and long. I was focused on success. 80 to 100 hours per week was not uncommon. I was driving 80,000 miles per year. That’s a full time job just driving to the job sites – not counting any work once I got there. But the money was pouring in and I thought of myself as a good husband and good provider because of it. I never dawned upon me that I was away from home and not being much of a husband to my wife. In fact, when my wife would express concern about the long hours I was putting in, I would rebuke her for her ingratitude. “Look at the driveway” I would tell her as I pointed to the corvette, camper, bass boat, etc.
I was a fool.
In my foolishness, I was trying, but I was deceived. When we would go on our annual cruise to the Caribbean, I would make lavish jewelry purchases. Mostly for my wife to wear as “trophies” that attested to the success of her husband, but also for myself for similarly vain reasons. My bar tab for the 7 night cruise would be in the hundreds, sometimes over a thousand, of dollars. I was living it up!
But soon, the cruises and jewelry weren’t enough. I needed a bass boat. It was a 19 foot Cajun (that’s Mastercraft to you boat experts out there) with a 150 horsepower Mercury. It was beautiful and lightning fast.
But soon the bass boat wasn’t enough. I remember buying a corvette. As we were signing the paperwork, the salesman asked about lien holder information. I arrogantly informed him that I was not borrowing any money to make the purchase.
But soon the corvette wasn’t enough. What I needed was a camper. We bought a beautiful 36 foot 5th wheel – top of the line.I made it a point to tell the salesman that I was not borrowing any money to make the purchase.
And of course you need a truck to pull it. I bought a Ford F-350 1 ton dually. I paid way more for it than I paid for the corvette. Again, at closing I informed the salesman that no money was being borrowed for the purchase.
I was making plans to buy an airplane. Thankfully, I changed my mind. Not because I couldn’t afford it – it simply changed my mind.
Today all of the toys are gone. I was a fool.
Frankly, if the world could have delivered on even half it’s promises that those “things” would make me happy, I’d still be living for the world. There’s a difference between success and significance. I had to learn the hard way. I wouldn’t send my worst enemy down the road I’ve traveled.
I hope my testimony helps you find the real value in life. In your pursuit of happiness, I hope you’ll pause to consider what they will say about you at your funeral. It’s probably not going to have anything to do with the toys you bought.
That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.
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