Have you ever read The Tortoise and the Hare? Of course you have, what a silly question. What might be a sillier question is, what does this have to do about wealth? Well, actually a lot.
We live in a world full of rabbits. Everybody is running around, hopping here and there without paying attention to where they’re going. People today are more focused on the going then anything else. Our modern society has us overworked and wallets stretched. It doesnt have to be this way. In order to succeed, you’ve got to stay focused and move slow and steady. Remember, every you read or hear this story the tortoise wins.
I think Solomon was making a similar point in Proverbs 21:5. Diligence requires patience and perseverance. It’s much more tortoise than hare. It also leads to plenty, while haste and hurry lead to poverty and the eventual burnout.
Most Americans are not financially prepared for their future. Studies show that as many as 90 percent of us are not on track to be able to comfortably retire. Too many people have bought into the lie that one day when we have more money we can start planning for the future. That kind of thinking is what ensures retirement never comes.
Setting aside $50 one time won’t change your financial future. However, setting aside a little bit of money consistently over a long period of time will build great rewards for the future. There’s no amount too small to start saving and no better time than now. You may not be a millionaire, lottery winner or stock broker, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start saving. Daily diligence with what you have can lead to long-term benefit. Think about it, what three words would you use to describe your feelings about your financial future? Saving doesn’t have to mean setting aside large sums of money each month. What one thing can you change to start saving today?
We free ourselves to act on what God wants to bring us in the future. The truth is, building wealth is a marathon, not a sprint. And in this race, the tortoise always wins.