Looking back, what I wish I had known at 20 years old would be two things. First, I wish I understood the deceitfulness of riches. Early on in life, I thought building a successful career and buying luxuries was the goal. As I have grown in maturity, I find myself asking, “What is money, and what are riches that so many of us would spend the majority of our lives working and slaving away for more of it? For what?” All the money I will work for will stay here when I am taken up to eternity. It is my life’s task to put this earthly currency to work for that which will never fade away.
Secondly, I am becoming increasingly aware that life is indeed fleeting. The book of James tells us that our lives are a vapor; here one moment and gone the next. I have a finite amount of time in which I can give what I have towards the advancement of the kingdom of God and of the gospel. I apply the same principle to investing in real estate as I do investing in the kingdom of God. The earlier I start, the more I can do. With time on my side, I have the benefit of compounding interest. The gains begin to accelerate and build on top of one another, and time will only increase my impact for the glory of God. Had I known this at 18 or 20 years old, I wouldn’t have wasted a minute. All is for his glory, and I will do my best to steward the time he has given me on this earth.