Tap into this

Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11)

I don't think there is anyone who wants to look back on their life only to realize the majority of the activity they performed was merely to 'make money'. The average wage-earner in the United States holds about 12 jobs in their lifetime, spending about 4.5 years per job, meaning we work about fifty years or so. If all that work is without any rest, the body, mind, and soul of a man is taxed by the end! Too much rest makes for a different outcome - we might even be labeled as a little 'lazy' and 'foolish'. The balance comes somewhere in the middle, but it should never be to the detriment of our relationships - including our relationship with God!

True happiness is kind of an elusive thing for many. We somehow equate 'happiness' with some state of 'being' that we work hard to attain, but seldom find. It is much better to put oneself in the place of finding peace and forgiveness in relationship with God than it is in finding wealth and privilege in this world. Wealth won't open heaven's doors. Privilege gained in this world won't give us 'heavenly status'. If we want true 'wealth' and 'heavenly status', we find it in an intimate relationship with Jesus.

If the principle of 'the more you have, the more others will find ways to use it for you' holds true, I wonder if the more grace and peace we have works the same way? If we are filled with grace, will others tap into it, realizing they both need and desire some of what we have? If we are overflowing with love, will others draw from the recesses of that love and find their lives are transformed as a result? Maybe the 'wealth' we need is more of Jesus - so when others come looking for what it is we have, they find the best resources they can 'tap into'! Just sayin!


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