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What Can a Wealthy Christian Learn From War?

There are three enemies of war that may teach us about the importance of thinking right in our walk with the Lord.

  1. THE FIRST ENEMY IS THE EXCITEMENT OF IT ALL. The truth about enemies is that there is never a new one, only old ones that get aggravated. In business, the enemies of our work are those that have always existed but have now reared their heads to bust us in the chops. There are plenty of rivals to all that we do. There are those that would tempt us away from our marriage. There are those that would sway our kids to a wrong type of thinking. There are those that would question our spending habits. There are those that would question the way we dress and on and on. The only people that achieve much in their businesses and family are those that do so while the conditions are unfavorable. Moments when the excitement is so great that only superhuman self-control could resist it exist in both war and peace. We must do the best we can.

 

  1. THE SECOND ENEMY IS FRUSTRATION. This is so common it may not be worth talking about, but I will. We all fear not finishing on time. C.S. Lewis said, “If I say to you that no one has time to finish, that the longest human life leaves man, in any branch of learning, a beginner.” What he is saying here is that we will never be finished or complete anything. Never, in war or peace, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. You can only be happy when you treat the future lightly and work from moment to moment. The present, whether in war or peace is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.

 

  1. THE THIRD AND MOST IMPORTANT ENEMY IS FEAR. War threatens us with death and pain. What does war do to death? It does not make it more certain nor more frequent; 100 percent of us will die, and the percentage cannot be increased. When the moment comes, it will make little difference how many years we have behind us. What war does is make death a real possibility. Is that a good thing?

When we have significant wealth it is easy to forget about death. As a result, we do not concentrate on eternal things because we are too busy concentrating on the things of this world. When death is more apparent, like in war, we are intimately more aware of our mortality. It brings to light the fact that all the schemes of happiness that are centered in this world are doomed to a final frustration. We see unmistakably the universe that we live in and must come to terms with the frailty of it all.

C.S. Lewis states, “If we had foolish un-Christian hopes about human culture, they are now shattered. If we thought we were building up a heaven on earth, if we looked for something that would turn the present world from a place of pilgrimage into a permanent city satisfying the soul of man, we are disillusioned, and not a moment too soon. But if we thought that for some souls, and at some times, the life of learning, humbly offered to God, was, in its own small way, one of the appointed approaches to the Divine reality and Divine beauty which we hope to enjoy hereafter, we can think so still.”

The reason I love helping people, both rich and poor, create a meaningful legacy plan with impact is that I get to see them realize the frailty of life and the permanence of the afterlife. I see them beginning to understand that the bank of this world is a very temporary and poor investment and that the bank of eternity is a permanent investment that pays off for forever. Not a bad return, don’t you think?

 

 

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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