“Daddy, I like you now.”

business-man-holding-globe.jpgFor fifteen years, Mike’s been riding the escalator of upward mobility – starting new companies and trading on the exchange. During this time, he married and had three children. By definition, he became a husband and father, but failed to become a family man. Instead, he continued to be a business man. Perhaps we should call him what he really was … a busyness man.

All seemed good, until the FBI stormed his office, arrested the company president, and interrogated he and the rest of the office staff. By God’s grace, Mike passed through this experience without being arrested but emerged out the other side a unemployed.

Mike spent the next three months looking for a new job and caring for his youngest children while his wife went off to work. One day, as he was playing with his two-year-old daughter, she looked deep into his eyes and spoke five words that have forever changed Mike’s life, “Daddy, I like you now.” In that moment, Mike realized the escalator of upward mobility is actually a high-speed treadmill to no-where.

Within weeks, Mike landed the job of his dreams. But he is no longer a business man. He is a family man with a respectable career. Mike has re-oriented his life to those who matter most. He has learned to invest his life in what lasts forever – relationships with people.

“Do not gather together for yourself riches of this earth. They will be eaten by bugs and become rusted. Men can break in and steal them. Gather together riches in heaven where they will not be eaten by bugs or become rusted. Men cannot break in and steal them.” (Matthew 6:19-20 – NLV)

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