The Pursuit of Money

Money. We all need it. We’ve all got some. Some people have more than others. There are people in America that are super wealthy, and there are people in America that are living paycheck to paycheck. There are people living in mansions and there are people living on the streets. These are the two extremes of life in America. There seems to be a great inequity in America when it comes to money. I say “seems to be” because I don’t think there is as much inequity as we feel there is or as we are led to believe.

We live in the wealthiest nation in the world. Money is the primary focus of just about everything we experience in our daily lives. We see it on television. We see it in the government. Life in America is all about the pursuit of wealth. We look at those around us, our neighbors, our friends, and we wonder why we don’t have what they have. We see the wealth of others and we become envious of it. What we fail to see, however, is that money is a means to an end, not the end itself. What we don’t realize is that if we have money in the bank, a couple of bucks in our wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere in our house that we are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. We have more money than 92% of the world! Think about it. And we complain that WE don’t have enough money?

Money is to be used as a tool to provide for our basic needs. If we have a roof over our head, food on the table, clean water, and clothing then our basic needs are taken care of. We should not worry about anything else. Everything else, from our computer to designer purses and shoes, is unnecessary.

One of my favorite scripture quotes is this one:

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2

We live in a society in which we are being hammered on all sides by consumerism. We are led to believe that if we don’t drive a Lexus or live in a big house or wear designer clothes that we are poor. We are led to believe that we are entitled to have everything we want. It’s a lie!! Don’t buy into it. Don’t conform to the ways of the world. Yes, we are entitled to our basic needs but most of us in America have those needs covered. Life is not about pursuing worldly goods. It is about serving the Lord. Life is about sacrificing what we WANT in order to help others have what they NEED.

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. This is a painful post to read as my husband lost his job 7 years ago, lost our home, family vehicle everything but our health. We have struggled the past 7 years trying to survive with our own business. Severely handicapped by lack of capital, the business never made it. Two days ago we were handed an eviction notice. We have nine children still at home. Trying not to feel absolutely terrified and praying God will open the doors for us. My husband worked very hard to get his Graduate Certificate in Project Management in hopes of bettering his chances of finding a job at the ripe old age of 52! Then the economy took another nose dive and even more job options dried up. The best he has been able to do is to get hired by a local private school for a very low salary that will necessitate us living on Food Stamps… We are working on another part time business we hope will help to eliminate the need for those. Praying we do not end up as one of the families on the streets you mentioned in your post. But who will rent to us – destroyed credit, no savings (they were used up surviving the past 7 years) and now evicted for inability to pay rent… But I do agree – this is a very rich country and we take much for granted.

  2. mum2twelve, I’m sorry that my post was painful for you. I can’t imagine what you and your family is going through. It was not intended to cause anyone pain. I was trying to express the idea that we need to turn away from the way the world looks at things. We need to keep our eyes focused on Christ and His will for us. God has a plan for you and your family, and you have to have faith that He will see you through it. Life is full of suffering, and if we can keep our eyes focused on the cross then we will become stronger through the suffering. God bless you and your family. We will keep you in our prayer.

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