by Texas Stready

I don’t like being on a budget. Especially the kind of low-end budget I find myself calculating these days. It’s not something I consider often, but I’d be lying if I said I never wondered what it’d be like to be rich.

Growing up in a town packed with millionaires, I’ve come to know many folks who can easily purchase anything their little hearts desire. But just like those of us who aren’t in that position, they have children who are killed in horrible car accidents, they have friends and family members who die from the horrific disease of cancer, and their once happy marriages can also end in divorce.

“Thanks for pointing out the positive, Texas.”

Sorry Charlie, but I say these things to help you accurately figure what money can’t buy. Having everything you need for life and godliness, now that’s a fortune that’ll get you through the hardest of times. And it is only gained by faith in who God is willing to be for you. (See 2 Peter 1:1-3).

Follow The Signs

Process is an intricately designed equation that’s formulated to help us develop a healthy outlook. What we gain from engaging in the process is directly related to our math skills. If we don’t do the appropriate side work, we often end up with the wrong sum-total.

My daughter Azlynn has had a roller coaster of a year. Ridiculously horrible struggles—like wrongful criminal charges. And overwhelmingly gracious gifts from God—like a brand-new car.

Only when the journey’s over, are we able to see the necessity of every mountain and valley. Azlynn just kept trusting and marching in the right direction, and although things are far from perfect, where she lives today is a mathematical wonderland filled with absolute evidence of who God is.

What Will It Take?

In a glance, we can recognize that people rarely appreciate what’s handed to them. Reaching a destination may afford feelings of accomplishment but accomplishment alone doesn’t bring lasting satisfaction. When we arrive in a place where we can blaze the trails of hardship with a confident grin in tact, then we know we’re getting there.

Through the struggles of life I’ve discovered that settling for where I am is the very thing that stunts my growth. I don’t know about you, but I long to experience all the Holy Spirit has for me. Why? Because God has millions of unfathomable treasures He wants to give me and I refuse to be too stubborn, structured or scared to miss out on the good stuff.

The choice is yours, but I say why be less than your best? Our creator is consistently calling us into a deeper realm of union with Him. Getting there happens one of two ways:

  • Circumstances alter our viewpoint or
  • We actively pursue a better understanding of His vastness.

More Than Money

How you compartmentalize your bounty affects everything about your perspective. In America, owning a Rolls-Royce could categorize you as accomplished. But in a third world country having a well that produces fresh water is what makes you high man on the totem pole. Get what I’m saying?

[box] It’s time we begin to recognize what really matters. The word “rich” is defined as “abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds.” As citizens of the kingdom of heaven our supply is limitless. We are children of the ruler of the universe; our Father’s resources know no bounds.[/box]

It’s time we begin to recognize what really matters. The word rich is defined as abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds. As citizens of the kingdom of heaven our supply is limitless. We are children of the ruler of the universe; our Father’s resources know no bounds.

So if you want to know how to get rich, my advice to you is this: calculate your wealth from the proper perspective. Add all you do possess, instead of steadily subtracting what you wish you had. If you do your life math that-a-way, the end result will always leave you in the positive.


  1. Our kids would laugh when mike often said a line from an old kid song, “He owns the cattle from a thousand hills..” but it always keeps our perspective that He Always provides because He owns it all.
    Love your gems of wisdom. Love you.

  2. Wow Texas, out of the park, home run again and such a timely message. I’m seeing this unfold in a family member. Bitter tears are flowing from what has been taken, yet a new understanding of what has true value. The humbling process that brings us to our knees is never pleasant, but what an expanding vision of how “BIG” our God is, and His perfect love for us.

    Thank You

  3. Amen, Texas. Living with the reality of the wealth we have in Him from the moment we place our faith in Christ…is liberating. I have to remind myself many times to pray with thanksgiving…focusing on what I DO have, rather than what I don’t!

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