I gained access to my trust fund in 2010.
Oh wait, you probably thought I was talking about having a wealthy family who created an account filled with the fruits of their savings and investments. This is sort of true.
“You must be a trust fund baby.”
Sadly, comments like these are made often by people watching Ben and I. They see us traveling and starting businesses, then make comments from a place of bitterness instead of curiosity. These false assumptions develop into pessimistic reactions towards our happiness.
In 2010, I gave my life to Christ. By trusting Him, my faith gives me access to His abundant funds. [Trust God, Receive Funds.] Ben and I do our best and expect God to provide the rest. After five years of marriage, we often look at our lives and the circumstances of our past and say, “I don’t know how, but somehow…”
This is what it means to me to be a trust fund baby – When I gave my life to God, it meant I chose to believe ALL of what He promised to me if I did. I believe John 16:3 where he says, “In this world, you will have trouble.” I believe Matthew 5:45 where it says, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good.” To non-believers or those on the fence about their faith, this probably sounds unfair, but Jesus never promised life would be easy and everyone would like us. This is what He did promise…
When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. – Ephesians 1:13-14; 18-19
In case you didn’t know, Christ’s inheritance, which is also our inheritance when we believe, is pretty epic! This inheritance – or trust fund – isn’t some mystical thing that makes me feel more optimistic or puts good juju out into the universe on my behalf. I’m talking about real money and opportunity that I didn’t work for and can’t explain.
“…know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory.” Ephesians 3:17-19
Something important to understand: Fully giving yourself to Jesus includes mind, body, and spirit. When we do this, He says we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, which means our former understanding of everything doesn’t make sense anymore. This includes our definition of wealth and how to achieve it.
True wealth is a measure of character, not income.
No matter how much status or money they’ve amassed in their lifetimes, our parents and grandparents are not obligated to give us any of it. Our families understand and encourage our faith, still, even they sometimes say, “I don’t know how, but somehow…”
This post may seem vague to those of you truly wondering, “How do they do what they do?” The images included will take you to other places where I’ve given some answers. Please know, if you ever have questions, don’t assume, just ask.