Getting Ahead: Turning Loose


Years ago, when I started in business, I felt that my success would be measured by the amount of money I would make in my life. When I had some money, life seemed better. My friends looked up to me and wanted to do me favors because to some I appeared successful. I measured everything by the amount of money that was involved in it. My decisions in life were all about money.

The problem was that nothing seemed to turn out as good as I imagined it would. I would work harder and harder, make more and more, and seem to only have enough to get by. Real success, as I saw it, seemed to always be just out of my reach.

In the early 1980’s, tough financial times hit and there was not much money to be made. I was still in business but through these hard times, and a change of heart, my attitude toward money changed. It no longer absorbed me. I had started to have a greater appreciation for my family and my relationships. I sold my business at auction and never looked back.

Could it be that my love for money really hindered me from keeping it? Could my motives have been so far off that I was missing life’s greatest treasures? Do you have to turn loose of things to get them in their proper place?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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