That’s right, me, a shy, awkward kid from Southern Ontario who had to take remedial classes in spelling as a child. I wrote a whole 150 page book! All by myself!
I wrote in the early hours of the morning. I watched the sun rise as ideas flowed through me onto the blank page. I love writing in the morning. There is a sense of stillness to that time of the day, of peace and endless possibility. As the rest of the house started to wake up and the sounds of life slowly invaded my thoughts I would close the laptop and go about the rest of my daily routine.
I held down a day job throughout the process, still do. At times as many as three. Writing doesn’t pay the bills. To date I have barely made a dime but that’s not why I write.
My book is called; “Meekonomics; How to Inherit The Earth and Live Life to the Fullest in God’s Economy.”
What’s it about? My life, write what you know, right? But it’s a bit more complicated than that.
You see, I went bankrupt in 2005. The experience broke me, in more ways than one, pun intended.
I am an entrepreneur; I have been running businesses since I was 10 years old. Before my bankruptcy, when it came to business, I was always the smartest guy in the room. Or so I thought. That is until I lost everything.
I don’t know who suggested it first, maybe it was my bankruptcy trustee, or my pastor, or maybe the idea just came to me all on its own but as I began the healing and recovery process I decided to start a journal. And I started reading everything I could get my hands on about business and finance.
Early on in my reading I noticed something. I noticed an awful lot of business books touched on philosophy and politics, so I started to read that too. And who can read philosophy without also reading theology and religion?
Oh did I mention my dad was a pastor? I was raised in the church. For a time I forgot that part of myself. The journaling process helped to bring that aspect of myself back into focus. In a weird way losing everything saved my soul.
What was it Jesus said? “What does it profit a man to gain the whole word and lose his soul?” I figured out what that meant.
So as I started to put my life back together I would write in my journal about the things I was reading and learning. Slowly my confidence came back. One day while I was flipping through the pages of my journal I noticed a pattern that had developed. The world is polarized along two divergent lines. Broadly speaking we can separate all of the world’s writing on business, finance, politics and philosophy into two camps; Rulers and Caretakers, Individualists and Collectivists, Capitalists and Socialists. And it’s been that way from the very beginning of time.
In my journal I started to wrestle with these two very different paths. Which was the right one? Which should I choose?
And then I started to read the book of Genesis.
“In the beginning God created mankind to rule over creation…” Great, that settles it! But wait; just a few verses later “In the beginning God created mankind to take care of creation…” What? Now I am thoroughly confused!
It wasn’t until I started to understand the nature of sin and brokenness that I began to see how it all fit together. These two divergent paths that mankind has chosen, they were never meant to be an “either or” proposition, God designed them to be “both and”.
We are designed to be both Ruler and Caretaker of creation because we are created in the image of God and God is Love. The many ways in which we messed that up, from both a scriptural and historic perspective and all the things we have tried since to live life and build societies absent of God’s Loving Direction are the subject of my book. In the end Meekonomics is about learning to show God’s Love to a fallen world and live out of our forgotten Love Mentality.
It’s been almost ten years since my bankruptcy. The first few years were rough. I was ashamed and embarrassed. I thought I had it all together. I thought I was smart but I lost it all through nothing more than my own arrogance and stupidity. It wasn’t until I learned the truth of God’s Love and the Love Mentality that I was able to forgive myself and move on.
In 2012 I decided to convert my journal into a book. It’s available on-line at www.CreatSpace.com/4836022 , directly through this website www.themeekonomicsproject.com/products and at fine Christian retailers everywhere. If you’ve ever wondered what God has to say about money and our current economic system check it out, I think you’ll be glad you did.