Stock markets rise and fall. Instability is a worry for many and uncertain futures leave many questioning where to invest. How do I secure my future? How do I make sure everything is ok?
Money isn’t the only thing you can invest.
Admittedly, I was late to the party for Mumford & Sons. Sometimes new music doesn’t get as much time as it deserves. I’ve been burned too many times (freaking Nickelback). I gave them a try, liked them and about a year ago downloaded their “Live at Red Rocks” album. I like all of it but one particular song haunts me. Literally. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with the lyrics singing in my head. I’ll be at my desk and bubbling up to the top of my consciousness come the same words. The song is “Awake My Soul”. The slow bellowing of the title lyrics is bad enough to cause a haunting, but the bridge inspires and taunts me.
“In these bodies we will live. In these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”
Let that wash over you for a minute.
You get one go. One life. Whatever you choose to love is what your life will ultimately be about. Chase the dollar, that’s your legacy. Stand for family, your legacy is that. But it’s not just what you want it to be. It’s where you actually INVEST your love.
I think of guys like Jim and Sally Dolan with Heroes on the Water. That is a true investment and part of their lives.Every conversation I have ever had with Jim has been about helping our wounded soldiers get on the water. The healing that this organization does is a monumental example of investing in others.
For me I struggle with irons in the fire. I have a lot of them. Do I love my 8-5 job? Not really. I invest time there to pay the bills. I do that out of love because I want to provide for my family that I love so much. It’s an investment, albeit a small one.
My real love investment comes packaged as time. My kids ask very little of me except for time. I am blessed that they love the outdoors as much as I do. Sharing time on the water with them is a huge investment I want to make more deposits into. Seeing my 11 year old son manhandle a kayak in rough winds and grinning ear to ear while doing so radiates a deep warmth in the caverns of my soul. Watching my eight year old daughter beam while skimming across the water in her kayak just sends me to the moon. It awakens me to love and life. It combines two strong loves to create what I hope to be my legacy one day: a man who valued family and the outdoors and was willing to share that with anyone.
When it is all said and done, where will you invest your life? What will be your legacy?