Show Me the Money?

"For we do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves." (1 Corinthians 10:12)

Everyone knows there are some hot-button topics that can make a conversation go nuclear... like religion, health, politics, and death. But when it comes to the most difficult conversation, a new survey from Wells Fargo Bank found one clear winner--money. Yep, it topped the list. “We didn’t expect that,” said one of the managers in the home office in Charlotte, NC. “In fact, 44% listed it as #1 on the list of challenging topics. Death came in second, then politics, then religion.”

Maybe we don’t like talking about money because we’ve made so many mistakes earning and managing it. I’ve known the feeling of having too much month at the end of the money. Have you? And who of us hasn’t wished for more? “If only I were rich, I’d do this or that.”

Speaking of wealth, in a survey of 1,000 millionaires (average net worth, 3 million), the question was asked, “How many of you think of yourselves as rich?” Only 41 percent answered affirmatively. Second question: How much more would it take for you to feel rich? Answer? 7 ½ million dollars. Not seven million, but 7 ½ million! Don’t ask me why. But if there were a group of 1,000 people with 7 ½ million dollars, my guess is that a fairly large percentage of them wouldn’t consider themselves rich. The reason is simple: comparisons. It’s all about who’s the most important in our social media world of status seeking. T.S Eliot wrote that “Half the harm in the world is done by people who want to feel important.” Smart man, that Eliot guy.

May I suggest a better approach? “Put your hope in God.” (Psalm 42:11) Money doesn’t love you. It can’t hug you, kiss your cheek, or put an arm around your shoulder. It’ll never hang on a Cross for you, and when you die, it can do nothing to save you.

You know something? If we know God, perhaps we're richer than we’ve realized. A lot richer.

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