My brother sent me this email; it was so powerful that I had to share:
I am reading a book titled Becoming Your Own Banker, which introduces a new concept and I will let you know what I think once I read further, but I wanted to share this prayer from the book that resonated with me. It speaks volumes and is a great reminder to put God first.
Disturb us O Lord when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us O Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity. And in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, O Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storm will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us in the future in strength, courage, hope and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.
— Sir Francis Drake’s prayer before he set out to be the first man to circumnavigate the world.
Portsmouth, England 1577
“And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
— Deuteronomy 8: 17-18