An acquaintance picked up my new book,” Getting More Family Out of Your Dollar”, and asked, “How much money do you make on these things? You must be rich.” Although I thought the comment-question was in bad taste, I said, “In fact I am rich!”
I’m really not rich in financial areas, but I am rich in attitude and with the kind of blessings that can’t be measured in money – FAITH, FRIENDS, and FAMILY. Money really can’t buy happiness. Some of the wealthiest people I know are the saddest.
Paul wrote to Timothy – “Command those who are rich not to be haughty, not to trust in riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” And later, urging people to be “rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.”
The key ingredient is to learn that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
It’s the shopping season, but if all we do is spend, we can miss the joys of sharing and the security of saving. Our natural tendency is to grasp what we have, but the happiness factor is discovered in thankful hearts and open hands to those in need around us.
When we do that we learn that those who give are blessed more than those who receive.
I’m grateful to be rich in the things that matter. How rich are you?