Refer to STEP 10: I believe that God still has a purpose for my life—a purpose for good and not evil.
My world was turned upside down in 1998 when I discovered I had been the victim of a massive embezzlement. When everything was pieced together, my loss was nearly $700,000, which one of my good friends described as, “a lifetime of net worth.” At the time, it was impossible to understand why God would allow such a thing to happen.
I wasn’t mad at God about it—not really, but I was devastated, especially because my economic situation has been tenuous ever since. I went from being very prosperous to being economically marginal, virtually overnight, with no chance to ever recover what I had lost.
With no other choice, I began my life over again. As part of my new beginning, I had to learn to find enjoyment in ways that didn’t cost money, which was difficult at first. As time passed, however, I became better at it because I chose to view my difficulties as an adventure—not as a burden, not as my cross to bear.
I didn’t whine—not for long, anyway, which was counterproductive. I just did the best I could with what I had. One thing I learned to do was blog, which costs nothing, and it benefitted those with real needs and real problems. There were no more luxurious vacations, which meant I had more time to spend with people. In many ways, my life became more rewarding. Having spent the last 20 percent of my life living one day at a time economically, it has become a lifestyle and not a temporary aberration.
With the downturn in our economy and with our financial future in peril, having learned from my experiences, I now have more to say than most. I’ve found value in simplicity and worth in scarcity. Not having substantial discretionary income isn’t the end of the world. There is life beyond affluence—a better life, in many ways. You don’t need money to be happy. It’s not your security; God is. If He isn’t, then material scarcity will drive you to Him. Either way, you’ll benefit and come out at the other end a better person. I promise you will.