Using Lebron James' Fortune to Overcome Financial Fears
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North Dallas i March 9, 2019
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"Why does the answer to life's problems always always seem to come down to one question - Wouldn't my problems go away if only I had more money or someone else's life?"
I was watching my Lakers play last night and I thought about the amount of influence and wealth Lebron James had. It got me to thinking as my mind wondered (after all, how could the Lakers be losing to the Phoenix Suns?) would having “Lebron” money solve a lot of problems that us “non-pro super star athletes without generational wealth” have? After all, have you ever seen me play basketball?
Besides the obvious answer of money doesn’t buy happiness – then no. Then I thought, no - it is deeper than that.
Why does the answer to life's problems always seem to come down to one question - Wouldn't my problems go away if only I had more money or someone else's life?
It is easy to come to that conclusion. Sunday, a week ago, you could watch the Oscars and think that Hollywood stars must not have the financial problems that I have because of all of that fame and fortune.
I think we ponder the question because it is human nature to look towards money as a solution to the anxiety and fear that life produces rather than the real solution.
If only I had a million dollars, then I would have peace and relief from this financial anxiety. Wouldn’t that solve it? Money seems to be only a temporary solution. Instead of looking to the god of money, look to the God of Love and Power. Instead of wanting someone else’s life of fame and fortune, how about being content with where you are and excited about where God is going to take you - struggles and all?
You see, there is nothing to fear. God is orchestrating a success story of your life. The problem is that we don’t often see it that way or truly believe it with the kind of Faith that moves mountains. We have a false sense of reality when it comes to God.
Hebrews 13:5 New International Version (NIV) 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”[a]
He will never leave you or forsake you according to the scriptures. Never means…well…never.
What if I proposed a solution to your financial anxieties today? You had a choice. Lebron would give you $10 million dollars of his fortune or you could trust God to solve your financial problems?
Which one would you take? With Lebron’s gift you could start writing checks today to solve all of your financial anxieties and fears. Of course, that would last only until a new set of problems that comes along with a 10 million dollar fortune pops up. Same problems...different net worth. You could continue to use that 10 million dollars to paper over your fears and anxieties as they continue to come up or you could do it God’s way and solve those fears and problems for good from the inside out.
Which choice/way do you think ultimately has more eternal and everlasting power and produces the success story that God intended for you all along?
“Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you”