How I Became Rich at 23

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I’m in tears right now…because of money. But honestly, people cry everyday over money-getting a new raise, getting let go from a job, barely scraping by and managing to pay rent, or winning big on a scratch-off. We are in a money-hungry, dollar-driven society; this is probably one of the reasons why I have stressed, cried, and had countless conversations about jobs and salaries.

I’m a 23-year-old “part-time” employee working 40 hours a week and making a decent per hour pay. I’m not quite in the job I want, but I’m in a field I enjoy. However, day by day I have been growing restless and anxious. When I set out looking for other job opportunities I was immediately slammed with uncertainty, doubt, and questions.

Should I apply for a different job?
Which job pays more?
Which job has more potential for raises?
Will I actually be happy doing this job?
Is money or happiness more important?

I entertained these questions and contemplated a change of career. I read every article over saving money, budgeting and how to make extra cash. I searched and searched for ways to make more money to the point of mental exhaustion. And then I prayed, finally. Prayed for peace and understanding, guidance and instruction. To be a little more honest it was something like, “God, you better show me where you want me because if not I’m going to royally screw this thing up!”

Instead of telling me which career path to take, which costs to cut, or the key to success, He revealed that I’m rich! I am unbelievably rich because He alone is my wealth.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

  • No amount of money on this planet can buy eternity with Our Father. No amount of money can satisfy our hearts like He does. No amount of money can purchase His love or grace.
  • I serve a God who has better plans for me than I could ever imagine, who promises to give me a prosperous life on earth and an eternal life in heaven. My career plan will never be as satisfying or successful as what He has planned for me.
  •  I have parents who answer every phone call, support every idea, and have no price tag on my salary.

Sure, I work part-time, make $15/hour and have bills, but I have an abundance of love, support that can’t be purchased. I don’t need a job that makes 6 figures or $40/hour to live a life of abundance and joy or have a home that is full of love and encouragement. I’m already rich with eternal love and grace from my Father and so are you. It’s your wealth to claim, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “How I Became Rich at 23

  1. Marie says:

    Lovely, wise words. Such a great reminder. I think we all struggle with fear and longing when it comes to money, but dollars in the bank will never meet our truest, greatest need. So glad to have read this today!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Ashlyn you are so wise beyond your years. You never stop amazing me. Our treasures are truly not of this earth. We are children of The King which we are rich in love and blessings and security that our Father has a plan for your life and you will be so blessed. Love you amazing Ashlyn!

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