12/2/13: What Do You Do To Live This Way?
I attended a function that was held at a gorgeous Bel Air home that had once been owned by a Hollywood icon. My friend and I ooh’ed and ahh’ed our way through the informal tour, admiring the hand-painted walls of the entryway, the delicately winding staircase, and the beautiful décor such as a framed tapestry and imported furniture. The outdoor yard and gardens were no less opulent. We walked on slate which paved the outdoor breakfast area, admired the large brick grill/fireplace of the rear porch, and couldn’t even see the entire formal rose garden that existed at the end of a winding path.
As we spoke with one of the hired residents, we couldn’t help but to ask, “What does this family do for a living that makes it possible for them to live this way?” The answer was that the husband had inherited his initial wealth from the business of his father. When we looked at the lifestyle being enjoyed by this quiet, unassuming little family, we were actually witnessing the work of the man’s father.
Could I handle wealth in such an unassuming manner? Honestly, I’d love to have a crack at living like that. The home and property were absolutely serene and breathtaking. I pictured myself sitting leisurely on the couch of the glassed-in sunroom, busily writing on my laptop, as my husband enjoyed his coffee and morning paper in the library. Hopefully, I’d remember that the lifestyle I was enjoying was because of the inheritance of blessing from the business of my Father. Hopefully, when people looked at my lifestyle, they would always be told that they are actually witnessing the work of my Father.
It’s likely that I’ll never own a home in Bel Air; however, I’m working on handling the wealth (time, talent, and treasure) my Father has entrusted to me in a manner that will cause people to ask, “What does she do that makes it possible for her to live this way?” May the answer be, “She has inherited it all from the work of her Father – God.”
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