The Love Of Money
Put God first, and all else will follow.
This is a message I’ve heard over and over in church. It sounds easy, right? But sometimes our impatience can get the best of us. With so many temptations here on earth, it’s easy to lose focus on the treasures that await us in heaven.
Money is one such temptation. Some folks find themselves so intent on the pursuit of money, they quickly lose sight of things that are far more important and rewarding. Like the woman in the fictional story below. This is a story that has been around for years, with a very real lesson on what’s really important in life.
Please read on to see what that lesson is…
Like many inspiring movies and books, this short story may be fictional. However, the impact that this work will have on its readers is very real. Enjoy!
A poor boy was in love with a rich man’s daughter.
One day, the boy proposed to her, and the girl said, “Your monthly salary is equivalent to my daily expenses. How can I be involved with you?”
She went on, “How could you have thought of that? I can never love you, so forget about me and get engaged to someone else of your level.”
But for some reason, the boy could not forget her so easily.
Roughly 10 years later, they stumbled into each other in a shopping mall.
She immediately said, “Hey, you! How are you? Now I’m married, and do you know how much my husband’s salary is? $15,700 per month! Can you beat that? And he is also very smart.”
The man’s eyes became wet with tears on hearing those words from the woman he used to care for.
A few seconds later, her husband came around. But before the lady could say a word, her husband saw the man and said, “Sir, you’re here! And you’ve met my wife!”
Then he turned to his wife,”This is my boss who runs the $100 million project I’ve been working on!
“And if you want to know something strange about him, he once loved a lady but he couldn’t win her heart. That’s why he has remained unmarried since.”
He went on, “How lucky would that lady have been if she had married this man right here?”
The lady looked in total shock but couldn’t utter a word.
Marriage should clearly be based on love and not money. But what this fictional story does help to illustrate is how impatience and rushing to judgement can hurt us in the long run.
The woman from the story looked only at the short term when the boy proposed, insisting on having riches right now. But in her impatience, she wound up sacrificing far greater riches that would have followed had she waited.
The rewards here on earth could never compete with what God promises us in heaven. So, as temptations come and go, be careful how you prioritize things. Keep your eyes fixed on Him, and all else will follow.
“Make no store of wealth for yourselves on earth, where it may be turned to dust by worms and weather, and where thieves may come in by force and take it away. But make a store for yourselves in heaven, where it will not be turned to dust and where thieves do not come in to take it away: for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, all your body will be dark. If then the light which is in you is dark, how dark it will be! No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.” Matthew 6:19-24
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