I used to bike a particularly up-scale neighborhood in the Woodinville (WA) area and would note the many beautiful homes and cars with almost no one home. Each was working 6 or more days a week to make the payments on these extravagant homes with little time left to enjoy them.
My idealistic self would think “why can’t people just share?”
As I would drive a 45 minute commute to work each day (which used to be a nice bike ride till the traffic became so bad it wasn’t safe to bike anymore) I would just suffer in traffic. We were all going to close to the same places but carpooling was just too inconvenient – but if everyone did it, the drive would have been only 10 minutes.
So, since I have been blessed with one of the coolest estates I could imagine, I have decided to share it. This is a big risk really. Any jerk could destroy my place in a matter of hours and leave me with tears and pain. But I take great joy in watching a family enjoying my estate. Kids on the swing or dad fishing with his daughter on the pond or a family walking along my valley with my cattle grazing in the background and the creek gently flowing by.
These are memories I have had with my kids and they are precious to me.
So I take the risk and pray God protects my place as I rent it out to families small and large. It not only supplies me with a retirement income but gives me many productive hours of labor given in love for others. This gives me purpose and a goal each day.