Seasons change (especially here in Wisconsin); technology rapidly becomes obsolete; the markets go up and down. But, one thing has remained constant in my life since I first launched this business 36 years ago: the relationships I enjoy.
My clients become my dearest friends and I take this dual association to heart. We cover finances and goals in our meetings, but we also talk about faith, family, politics and pop culture.
Recently, one of my clients brought me a psalm to read that had been very inspirational to her. It touched me then, just as it did when I first read it as a 12-year old first exploring her faith.
Psalm 103 reminds us that we are not alone in this world, that we are loved by a God who crowns us with love and compassion.
I’m sharing it with you today because I hope, no matter what your faith, you might find it inspiring as well.
As many of you know, I designed a course called “the Bible as Literature” for at-risk high school students many years ago. The class proved to be life changing for both the students and their teacher. We learned from each other that the world need not be as scary or lonely as we may have thought.
Psalm 103 also inspired me to accept an invitation to help found an organization now called Kingdom Advisors. That first year, we had 50 members, all certified financial planners seeking a Biblically-based organization that also was focused on providing excellent financial advice and guidance.
Today, Kingdom Advisors has become a global organization. In fact, as I do every year, I will be attending the Kingdom Advisors National Conference in February and I know I’ll return brimming with fresh enthusiasm. If you’d like more information about Kingdom Advisors, check out the scroller on our home page, or click on this link.
I hope you’ll find Psalm 103 as inspiring as I do. May God bless you all.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.