Wisdom Over Wealth

“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Proverbs 8:10-11 (NIV)

Someone once told my husband work wasn’t really work if you enjoy your job. Over the years, I’ve had three careers: marketing and public relations professional, college English professor, and my current job, a stay-at-home mom. In this third career, I occasionally struggle with thoughts like, “Am I doing enough? After all, I’m not making any money.” As CEO of the Gangl household, I manage and keep all inventories stocked – food, clothing, school supplies, cleaning items, entertainment, and the list goes on. Going back to the quote at the beginning of this post, I can say I really do love my job so it doesn’t feel like work. But this nagging thought occasionally creeps up, “Why aren’t you out there making money? Using your college degrees? Contributing to society?”

To combat this thought I find encouragement in Proverbs 8:10-11 which tells me that wisdom is much more valuable that wealth. In my life, wisdom tells me that taking care of my husband and raising my daughter full-time is what is best for our family – they flourish when I’m available to help them, and their happiness actually makes me happy.

When I think back on all the good times my daughter and I had when she was a preschooler at home all day, I am so thankful for those memories – times like having a picnic of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, juice boxes and fruit snacks on a beach towel on the back patio; running down the neighborhood sidewalk with our arms straight out in front of us while we wore a garbage bag tied around our neck for our superhero capes; pulling her in the wagon around the Botanical Gardens; and watching hours and hours of Sesame Street, the Wiggles and Dora the Explorer together. From her elementary school days, I cherish memories like sitting on the back porch swing to talk about her school day while we ate popsicles; doing homework together; experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen; and creating our own spa, green mud masks, nail polish and bubble bath all included. You may ask, “Where is wisdom in that?” Wisdom was time invested in my daughter that fostered our close relationship built on trust and love, and most importantly a love for God.

By choosing God’s wisdom to trust him in this stage of my life as a full-time mom, I have been blessed with a beautiful godly daughter who will one day be my best friend. I have invested in her so that she may bless others and be a light shining for God. That alone will produce a larger investment than any salary I could have ever imagined receiving from any job (Proverbs 8:19). Seeing my daughter bring joy to others is a fruit more valuable than rubies to me.

So, full-time moms (and dads), if you feel like you’re not doing enough, remember wisdom wins out over wealth every time. Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and they are your blessing. While the days can be long, the years are short, so invest that time in your family and rest in the decision to choose wisdom over wealth.

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