I am rich.
No, I don’t own the nicest home in the world. My car is fourteen years old. But I am one of the wealthiest people on the planet—not just financially, but in peace. Peace is a bank that you cannot accrue deposits in with the accumulation of things. The wealth that I have comes in my 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 that I have been friends with for twenty to thirty years. Regardless of the time, the intimacy never waned and 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 that 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. That was the poorest I have ever been.
I used to hide what I was to be approved by man. 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’s only when I began truly to love myself that I could truly begin to love others. Before that, 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?