Many people strive for
but when the good life is separated from the
it is futile and meaningless.
Luke 6:24-26 speaks of sorrows foretold:
“What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
for you have your only happiness now.
25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
for a time of awful hunger awaits you.
What sorrow awaits you who laugh now,
for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
26 What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
for their ancestors also praised false prophets.
Because we have been created by God,
we remain unfulfilled without Him.
Temporal circumstances change,
but the eternal laws and principles that should guide our choices
It is not the wealth, but our attitude that is the issue.
Wealth itself is not the problem—
though one's attitude toward it can be.Hope and contentment must be based on God, not the riches.
Some people have a curious fascination
with what it must be like
to live in the world of great wealth.
But not everyone would want to endure all the stress
and worry that goes with wealth.
There are some things that wealthy people know that other people do not know –
principal among them...
how hard it is, actually, to stay wealthy.
Some wealthy people have worries in life
that others do not have.
Some seldom get a good night's sleep.
Hoarding wealth can be harmful
and destructive to the owner.
Bad investments can cause a wealthy person
to lose everything and end up
with nothing to pass to one's children.
Loving money results in the absurd belief
that more of it will make one happy.
Some people are wealthy and have the problem
of other people coming out of the woodworks, whom they've not seen or heard from,
to help spend their money.
Money can easily slip through our fingers
There is nothing in this world perpetual.
We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty handed
as on the day we were born.
We can't take our riches with us.
The very things that people sacrifice and sweat and work hard for
are often the least valuable at death.
Of all the fortune, misfortune, and chaos,
one thing is certain:
Riches are stripped away by our demise. In a
godless world, adding up everything we have ever done
comes to the same result at death - zero.
In a godless world, there is no one keeping count of good or bad. There
is no justice except that the evil (as well as the good) die.
One aspect of a life well lived is the ability to enjoy the things God has provided.
The person who does this avoids regret (Ecclesiastes 5:17,20) because they accept health and wealth as gracious gifts from God,
not as expected rewards based on hard work.
God allows us to enjoy moderately and virtuously His earthly gifts.
Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13
It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it.
Determining to enjoy God's provisions in life is the proper attitude to have.
Realizing that these are gifts from God keeps life's priorities in order
and in proper perspective.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 gives the wealthy this admonishment:
"Command those who are rich in this present world
not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,
which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,
Who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age,
so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
Some have come to the realization that
possessions are not the most important things in life.
Simplifying our lives allows us to begin living our lives in the present.
Eliminating non-essential possessions can free us
from many of the emotions associated with past lives
that can keep us stuck there.
Downsizing gives us the freedom to shape our lives today
around our most important values.
We can appreciate our possessions more
by not allowing them to own us.
May we always remember and never forget:
Possessions are not permanent.
Gratitude provides a perspective from which we can view life, in its entirety, and not be overwhelmed by temporary circumstances.