Everyone thinks money is good, but I think the rich have more problems than the poor (instead of poor, I prefer using the less rich).
To begin with, how do we define riches? Is it based on material possessions, money in the bank account or an individual’s self-worth?
We are all rich in one way or the other.
Nowadays, having money is often qualified as being rich. Once people get rich, they always aspire to be richer. Money keeps attracting money, hence the love of money.
For the rich, the more they have, the more they will spend. Hence, an increase in their needs and wants. Having money isn’t necessarily bad, but proper management is key. Some people are not good with money. They will spend on unnecessary things instead of helping others. For instance, one could say, who needs a private jet when millions of children and orphans are dying of hunger and malnutrition? Well, it’s a choice whether or not to help.
The less rich, however, tend to be contented with what they have. By being content, I mean that they can live a balanced life with what they have. These individuals aspire for more to satisfy their needs and not wants.
It’s good to note that money isn’t equivalent to joy, happiness, personal satisfaction and self-worth. All these are just feelings and life experiences. We have to consciously make up our minds not to let money/the depth of our wallets determine our self-worth.
We came to this world without money, and we shall depart with no money either.
Rich people’s problems revolve around increased security, increased income maximization and improved lifestyle. It’s good to improve one’s lifestyle, but that shouldn’t be the ultimate reason why we wake up every morning.
Statistics have proven that rich people die quicker than the less rich. For instance, how many famous people have died recently? They constantly worry and want more.
Some rich people think that they have to be loved and respected by everyone because they are rich and are deserving of certain positions, titles, and societal recognition. That’s a fallacy, I think.
I always ask myself this question: Why be rich and unfulfilled?
Some of us are constantly chasing money but live unfulfilled lives.
Our riches shouldn’t be in material possessions but in our actions, thoughts, and gestures towards others to ultimately represent Christ on earth. How well we are connected to HIM and how much we share the love of Christ. Mark 8:36 reminds us, what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Can your love and giving define your riches?
From dust we came and unto dust we shall return, so where do your riches lie?
Be kind to others!