Money is Cheap

Today I’m re-sharing something. Some of you guys are on my dad’s Seriously list and received this as an e-mail Wednesday morning. The response was amazing; it must have struck a tender chord.

All of us would do well to consider how important time is. And if you’re a guy (dad or not!), please take a moment to sign up for the Seriously e-mail (you can use the blue button on the right side bar that says Receive Seriously or go to this link). It’ll come every Wednesday morning, is a short read, and is packed full of godly encouragement and advice.

Many have it upside down today. When they think of how much something costs, they think in terms of dollars. In reality, they should be thinking in terms of time. We can always get more money, but we only have a limited amount of time. That scarcity makes time invaluable.

Most have heard the expression, “I’m spending my children’s inheritance.” They usually mean that they are spending their savings themselves, and there won’t be much left for the children after their death.

Here’s another perspective for you to consider. When Dad or Mom don’t invest time in the lives of their children, might they be spending their children’s most crucial inheritance? How prepared your children are for life, their character, their walk with Christ—isn’t that far more important than any amount of dollars they might inherit?

Child-raising years are priceless, and there are no second chances. No amount of money can replace what is lost in the child’s life. You who are heavily investing in your children’s lives are making the best choice. That investment is an inheritance they will benefit from for all eternity.


Time with your children is precious.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the
hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with
the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5).

5 thoughts on “Money is Cheap”

  1. Maxwell family, we love your Godly wisdom! My husband’s co-worker commented how great it was that I was at home with the kids (mostly because I’d shared packet-mix cupcakes for Steve’s birthday LOL) and that “stay-at-home mums should be paid a wage”. I believe that I already am being paid. Not a guaranteed wage that an employee would earn but a long-term return that an investor would earn. There is some speculation to our investment, as our children/investment may not choose to “perform” as we would hope but that “risk” is covered by God. We are so excited to invest in our little treasures.

    1. Also, I think one of the greatest “yes, but” (LOVED Teri’s message!) obstacle to investing time and growing your “investment portfolio” is finances. Your great book, “Buying a House Debt Free”, is a wonderful resource to be able to afford time. If you no longer have a burdensome mortgage, you have freedom to spend much more time.

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