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?


  • 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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