The year was 1792. America was in it’s infancy – George Washington was president. During this time Charles Finney was born. You may or may not have known him, but if you have been a Christian for 3.2 seconds you have been influenced by him. He is the one who combined the gospel with high emotion preaching. His tent meeting revivals spread throughout America like wild fire. His sensational gospel movement was all about the passionate mountain top experience. Many were converted with this form of evangelism. And yet at the end of his life he looked back and worried that the endless cravings for emotional experiences might lead to spiritual exhaustion. “Without a theology that values slow growth over dramatic change and the ‘ordinary’ as essential to our spiritual maturity, we are in danger of living in a burned …spirituality.”
I am reminded of Moses encounter with God in 1 Kings 19:11-13. It wasn’t in the wind, though the wind was powerful. It wasn’t in the earthquake, though the quake moved some rocks down the mountain. It wasn’t in the fire that scorched the ground where Moses stood. God spoke to his tired weary prophet in a gentle, calm whisper.
How often do we get busy, we get looking for that next emotional high. We go to the Christian concert or conference and we are on top of the world. And then the next day we wake up with a spiritual hangover. Wondering where we lost our faith when our life is not one euphoria after another. Perhaps true faith is not about the emotion but about the ordinary, about the calm still small voice.
Now we come to investing. Every blog post is telling you about the next euphoria to turn you into a millionaire overnight.
“You have to invest in gold.”
“You have to invest in real estate.”
“Bit coin is the next big thing!”
And so the easy thing to do is to go from one investing strategy to another and you don’t stay in anything long enough to see results. Always looking for the next euphoria in investing – you get the same thing when you look for it spiritually. You become bankrupt.
What if you chose something quite ordinary and boring in your investing strategy?
Something that you do consistently. A consistent investing strategy is better over the long term than a short-lived wish. Remember the tortoise and the hare. The hare wins every time. Be the hare: In your financial life, and in your devotional life.
For good things come to those who wait.
 Canlis, Julie. A Theology of the Ordinary. God speed press. 2017 pg 5-9