New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on May 3, 2015 at 9:20 AM|
The Pursuit of Money can be Devastating
(We always think that we need just a little bit more to be happy, but we simply never get enough.)
The funny thing about money is the fact that the more you have, the more that you want. If I remember the story right: Howard Hughes, a man who, at the time was one of the riches men in the world, was once asked the question, "How much money is enough money?" He thought for a moment and then said, "Always just a little bit more than you have." Now, I may not have the story exactly right, but it does accurately illustrate the point. The simple truth is, "Money doesn't make a person happy."
Now it is true, that it can be used to buy us things that for a moment can make us happy, but just as soon as the new wears off, we want something else. If you don't believe me, just watch a kid at Christmas. Or, better yet ask your friend how long they have had their smart phone and how many they have had. The simple truth is, we all like new things, and having money will help us buy the things that we want, But those "things" can never satisfy. Yes, I would think that it would be nice to win Publishers Clearinghouse, or to have a couple of Million in the bank. But the truth is, that would not bring me true happiness. King Solomon, one of the wealthiest men who has ever lived, at the end of his life wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes. He said that he had had wine, women and song but that all was vanity. At the end of the book he wrote "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all." Ecc 12:13 (NKJV).
The simple truth is, money is something that we all have to deal with, and it is to our benefit if we can become good managers of it, but it will never bring us true and lasting happiness. - Pastor Tim