I am rich.
No, I don’t own the fanciest home in the world. My car is fourteen years old. But I am the wealthiest person on the planet. Not only financially, but also in peace. Peace is a bank in which you cannot accrue deposits with the accumulation of material things. The wealth I have comes in the relationship with my husband and relationships with my kids. We have true, deep, meaningful, intimate relationships. It comes in the form of relationships with my closest siblings, my closest friends, and my long-term friends with whom I have been friends for twenty to thirty years. Regardless of the time, the intimacy never waned, never shattered.
I am wealthy.
I am one of the wealthiest people I know because I walk in complete and utter understanding of the forgiveness I have obtained. I don’t live in condemnation. I don’t live in guilt. I have no more shame. Sure, I used to live in shame, defined by what was done to me and defined by the sins that I committed and the people I have hurt. It was the poorest I have ever been.
I used to hide who I was to be approved by man. Now I am rich because I do not care. I’m no longer bound by the chains of the approval of people.
I am free. I am free to choose life. I’m free to choose death.
I am filled with the Holy Spirit, who comforts me, guides me, and loves me. He helps me love myself. It was only when I began truly to love myself that I could truly love others. Before this, I loved others because of what they could do for me. When you are filled with the richest love there is, you are able to love without strings attached and to give freely without expecting anything in return.
I am the richest person I know. How about you? Are you rich, or are you poor?