One of my long term client's step mother lived long into her 90's. He took care of her finances and told me she ran out of money for all the expensive extensive end of life care the month she died. He was greatly relieved she had enough funds to last her until that final curtain call.
I am at the point in life where this is a concern for me. Though I have end of life plans in place, I do not have a crystal ball and so far God has not revealed how long I will be here. I live a quiet non-extravagant life trying to ensure my needs will be taken care of by the savings I have. I hope to be like the client's step mother and have just enough to make those final payments with no need to file bankruptcy.
This brought to mind a statement made to me by my sweet friend who is a therapist. She told me that we give a piece of our heart to everyone we love. I often quote this and reflect upon the validity of this. I have a host of family and friends I love---and they each hold a piece of my heart. There is still plenty of heart to go around to the new family and friends God Blesses me with. It is risky to love and give away a piece of our heart. It is gone forever once we allow another to claim a piece. It is a risk I am willing to take. I had rather die bankrupt of heart- with not one piece left than to stop taking the risk. Something tells me if we hold on to our heart--it becomes hardened-calcified and is of little use to anyone. The beauty of it all is with each piece we give away--God fills that void with His presence. He will never allow us to become bankrupt of heart by loving others. His presence provides an unending supply of love---for God Himself is Love. Go ahead and give away all you want--His supply is endless and there is never a threat of bankruptcy of heart--when God is the fountain of endless love.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
I John 4:8