I was listening to a song this morning and it made me think about some things. If I never get the material things that I want will I be satisfied? If I never get fame or fortune, will I be satisfied? If I never get married, will I be satisfied? Each day in life we strive for happiness, peace, health, wealth, stability and love. A person can have material wealth and be emotionally bankrupt. People often believe that money can buy anything. Indeed, money can buy fun which creates a temporary happiness that immediately goes away once the activity ceases. Money can even buy superficial friends. People will always come around and act as if they like you as long as they can help you spend your money. You can temporarily numb any internal pain because it gives you the means to run away from it. Money also allows you to drink, smoke, snort, inhale or shop the pain away. Money allows us to satisfy the flesh to make you believe that the pain is really gone. Money definitely can’t buy love. Love suffers long and is kind. Love is supportive and it sticks around even when the money goes. Love is patient and not boastful. Most people with a lot of money want to flaunt it. They desire to be admired by those that don’t have what they have. Coined as the root of all evil; money causes us to be impulsive. Money can’t buy health. Unfortunately, many people would trade all of the money in the world if he or she, or their children could be healthy. A person that is terminally ill or that has a child or parent that is terminally it does not care about money. The most important thing to him or her is living one more day, spending time with loved ones, and coming to terms with their personal journey. With all of the fancy clothes, cars, jewelry, and houses, it is understood that their life has an expiration date that is inevitably near. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way saying that we don’t need money. We can’t live anywhere free of charge. We also can’t have certain necessities in life if we don’t have the means to pay for them. The problem arises when we lose perspective of what’s important and what’s excessive. We should always ask ourselves, why we do the things that we do. If the things that we do don’t enhance our lives in a positive way at all, then we don’t need to do them. The things that are really important in this life truly are free. Things that can be bought and sold at a price are temporary elements that fulfill a specific purpose. We must learn not to place unnecessary value on things that depreciate very fast. Life teaches us all that we gain and lose “things” on a daily basis. After about a week of sulking in our own sea of pity, we tend to get over it. The tragedy is when we don’t value people enough to recognize what they bring to our lives until we lose them. We sometimes take the ones for granted that had the most genuine concern for us to chase the one’s that only attached to us to benefit from our blessings. We must not be fooled by the inflation of others based on what we have. If they don’t recognize who we are and Who we belong to, we must question the motive of the attachment. Needing money is one thing, but loving money is whole different beast. Never allow the superficial elements of life destroy you and your dream.
1 Timothy 6:10-For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.