My Investment Portfolio

20160131_214950_resizedWhat is the first thing you think when you hear “Invest­ment Port­fo­lio?”  It’s prob­a­bly Stocks and bonds. Or may­be your 401K. Either way, it prob­a­bly goes back to mon­ey.

But I can tell you my invest­ment port­fo­lio is of a dif­fer­ent kind. I invest in peo­ple. Yes, my own chil­dren and hus­band, but oth­er peo­ple as well.

I’m a home­school mom, a teacher, an edu­ca­tor, a writer, a coun­selor and a min­is­ter, just to name of few of the many titles I can claim. All of which involve invest­ing in the lives of oth­ers. I haven’t spent years chas­ing after mon­ey or career. I’ve spent the last 20 years invest­ing in the lives of those I have been for­tu­nate to cross paths with.

It might have been wip­ing a tear on the face of a child or talk­ing that teenager into going back home when they were set on run­ning away.  It doesn’t mat­ter that quite often I nev­er got any thank you or praise. Often that is the way things go. But I choose to stop the busi­ness that is my life and invest in the life of that one per­son. I can’t change the world, but I can change the world of one per­son by a small act of kind­ness. You may nev­er know how much it can mean in the life of anoth­er.

I’ve recent­ly become vivid­ly aware of the impact of donat­ing mon­ey to char­i­ta­ble caus­es and how it’s real­ly an invest­ment in peo­ple. My kids are fundrais­ing for a mission’s trip and I know that every per­son that gives to their trip is invest­ing not only in their lives but also in the lives of those they are priv­i­leged to touch while they are there. So I guess my invest­ment port­fo­lio does involve mon­ey, when I’m giv­ing it away.

But what about invest­ing in eter­ni­ty? When we spend time read­ing the Bible and Pray­ing we are invest­ing in eter­ni­ty. It is rela­tion­ships that we will take with us. The main one is our rela­tion­ship with Jesus. That’s the most impor­tant one of all. And when we take the time to help anoth­er in the name of Christ we are invest­ing in eter­ni­ty, as well as oth­er peo­ple.

I don’t know about you, but my invest­ment port­fo­lio doesn’t con­sist of mon­ey. My invest­ment port­fo­lio is filled with all of the indi­vid­u­al peo­ple that I have invest­ed in. It’s also filled with eter­nal invest­ments.

So, what’s your invest­ment port­fo­lio filled with?

2 Comments

  • Chuck

    Reply Reply February 2, 2016

    Jesus ! And help­ing oth­ers come to fall in love with jesus !

  • Angela Smuin

    Reply Reply February 9, 2016

    Yes, shar­ing Jesus is the ulti­mate invest­ment!

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