"Dishonest money dwindles away,
but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow."
An Investment Lesson
Throughout the history of the stock market there has been a very small number of days that contributed to the overall gain in the market.
Last year was no exception. The bulk of the market gain occurred in a very limited number of days and weeks.
Trying to time market gains is no different than buying lottery tickets are going to the casino. Evidence to this point is that only 22% of financial advisors outperform the market. Meaning 78% of the time you’d be better off investing in a market index fund and watch your investment grow at a methodical pace over long periods of time.
This is why we have always used the adage, “it’s not about timing the market, it’s about time in the market.”
A Better Investment Lesson
Our eternal investments are no different.
As I think back on the people that have invested in me, discipled me, and pushed me closer to Christ, it has been over long periods of time. In most cases these people have invested in me for years and decades. They were there when I needed their investment.
They invested in me in times when I wasn’t even aware that I needed them. They were present and engaged with me, at just the right moment when I was in place to really absorb their council. At just the right time, situation, and circumstance, they were able to make an eternal investment in me.
Your worldly investments will eventually fade or be squandered by people that don’t care. However, your ability to disciple people and make eternal investments is one of the only true legacy markers we leave behind.
Are you making long-term, eternal investments in people?
"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."