Traveling, Money, and the Good Life

“Money won’t make you happy, but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” -Zig Ziglar

Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money. We didn’t have the biggest house, go to the best restaurants, or travel around the world.

In the last ten years of my life, I’ve gotten to travel to a lot of cool places around the world, Laura and I are collectively comfortable financially, and we have gotten to have some pretty cool experiences.

Can I tell you something about both of those seasons in my life?

I was just as happy growing-up without as I am growing-up with.

I loved my childhood. I love my family. I love the memories we made together. I love the places we did get to travel together. We would have more fun going to the wave pool than most people do traveling the world! We’d enjoy eating at Eat n Park as much as others enjoy eating at a 5-star restaurant.

Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying traveling, eating at nice restaurants, and experiencing things I didn’t experience when I was little, but I am not any happier.

Traveling the world, having money, and “living the good life” is not what makes you happy. In fact, chasing after those things can make you miserable. I love what Keith Moore says. He says, “At least poor people can dream about what it’s like to be rich. When your rich, the hope of being rich and everything that comes with it is gone. You realize that money cannot make you happy.”

You know what will make you happy?

  • Living for God
  • Living the purpose and plan God has for your life
  • Creating memories that will last a lifetime every day regardless of what you’re doing or what you have
  • Growing to your maximum potential
  • Being a good steward with what God has entrusted to you
  • The little things
  • Helping people
  • Enjoying the relationships God has blessed you with
  • Giving your life away

All of these things that have nothing to do with money, traveling, or “living the dream.”

I am not saying that money is important. It is. However, it will never make you happy. Money gives you options and allows you to be a blessing to others. Outside of that, money is overrated.

Stop thinking that you’ll be happy once you have money, start traveling, etc. If you’re not happy now, you won’t be happy then. 

Go back through the list of things I listed that will make you happy. How many of those are you doing? If you’re not happy, you’re probably not doing the things I listed. Put them on your to-do list! 

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