I remember a lady saying to me, “Now I’ve arrived.” This lady felt she had arrived because she had a big house, car, and her husband had a business making a lot of money. I remember feeling sorry for her thinking, “But what if you lose all those things, what does that mean?” A big house, car, and salary do not equal success or arrival. It certainly doesn’t mean you’ve got it together mentally, emotionally, financially, or spiritually. It may just mean you’ve been able to accumulate some things, and hopefully in the process saved some money. This particular economy has exposed and made vulnerable many who felt they had arrived. In reality, most people who think they have arrived because of their lifestyle and “stuff”, if the truth were told, have not arrived at all.
This year my parents celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. They are still together, in love, happy, have eight grown healthy children, and are financially sound. Additionally, they are blessed with 19 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two more great-grands on the way. My parents and grandparents stayed married, raised their children, worked together towards their goals, paid their mortgages off early, and realized their dreams. They lived their life and accomplished their goals without accumulating debt, messed up credit, going broke, and with a sane mind. Would you say they’ve arrived?
It wasn’t long ago when homes were paid off when people were in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. People weren’t using the equity in their home as a credit card, or refinancing to live the life they had always envisioned. The average person used to live within their means whether they had zero, two, three, or ten children. People use to have a destination called retirement. Most people accomplished this fate without owing student loans, mortgages, department stores, car payments, and credit cards. The mindset was to leave an inheritance for their children and their children’s children. In the past, people lived in the same decent size home and paid it off. They drove cars that were paid for – not leased. Many were frugal, saved, sacrificed, prepared, and made a way out of no way for themselves and their children. Would you say the previous generation had arrived?
Money and material things do not equal happiness, or mean that one has arrived. Matter of fact, nothing we possess, touch, or feel is even promised to be here tomorrow. I believe “arriving” is a destination. A destination may be for a season, a short-journey, a long-road, a move, or a spontaneous leap of faith. One thing to realize, the destination you arrive at can be rescheduled, subject to change, or terminated at any time. However, be encouraged knowing that God holds the key to what, where, when, and how you arrive. Now when you understand that truth, you really have arrived.