News flash — money will NEVER buy happiness.
So, I just finished reading the book of Luke and a common theme that resonated with me is the consequence of having a lot of money.
Now growing up I’ve always dreamed of being rich. Often times I’d work myself to death — praying my hard work would manifest into dollar bills. Just about every decision I made was influenced by either cash or gaining an advantage. I figured it was just my desire for greatness… Shoot, I’m a Capricorn after all right?
Cash rules everything around me – But that’s when Tiaira and I took a closer look.
We found that even in my childhood, I’ve always longed for a feeling of acceptance — acceptance and superiority. I figured with riches I’d be unstoppable, I’d no longer be ignored and I’d finally take control — I’d finally have power!
But that’s when I read Luke 18:25.
Now, don’t get me wrong… God wants us to succeed!
But, when we trust in ourselves or our riches more than we rely on Jesus, we can’t enter the kingdom of heaven.
Go read Luke 18:22 for more of the story. It talks about a time when Jesus told a rich man to give up everything he owns. The man is urged to donate his money to the poor and honestly, just about anyone would be like “hold up bro, I cant even hold a dollar?” But, it was a test. A test to see whether or not the man’s trust was in Jesus or in his riches.
As for myself, I’ve personally achieved quite a bit.
God has blessed me with awesome opportunities, and though I’m not rich, I’m definitely maintaining. However, despite all the success I’ve had, I seemed to still lack true happiness. Wait — Wasn’t money supposed to fix that? Something was missing all the way up until I did something I‘ve never done before… serve.
The entire back half of 2018 was definitely a period of giving for me and it was great! I was able to be a blessing in so many people’s lives and I’ve never felt more joy than on Christmas when Tiaira and I sponsored a family with gifts.
Honestly, the scripture holds true…
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” — John 15:13
Don’t get me wrong, I DO think it’s okay to be wealthy. It’s just what you do with that wealth that separates you. Im telling you, it is better to give than to receive! Give back man… Serve!
I’ll leave you with this… I recently finished the book ‘Crazy Love’ and Francis Chan said something I’ll always remember.
“How can I walk out of a mud shack and back into my two thousand- square- foot house without doing anything? The concept of downsizing so that others might upgrade is biblical, BEAUTIFUL… and nearly unheard of”
That be a pretty dope world to live in don’t you think? Just a thought.