Points to Ponder: A Gift of Wealth is a Soul of Health

Points to Ponder
A Gift of Wealth is a Soul of Health
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

Do you remember the TV program hosted by Robin Leach called, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"? I rarely watched even a little bit of it; I have never envied these people and their opulent lifestyles. I'd see these incredible mansions with more bathrooms than a family of ten would need and wonder, "Okay, so what?"
Boris Becker was one of the youngest tennis stars to win at Wimbledon. His wealth grew, and his lifestyle expanded to accommodate it. He said, "I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed... It's the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string."
Emptiness; a hollow life covered in gold. While in waiting rooms I'll page through People magazine or review MSN news on my computer. It's a twist on the Robin Leach program, which I call "Empty Lives of the Rich and Famous."
It's intriguing to consider that so many who are loaded with riches are empty of everything else. Successful novelist Jack Higgens was asked what he wished he had known as a child. He replied, "That when you get to the top, there's nothing there."
Why is this so often true for so many successful people? And since it does seem to be such a depressing way to live, why do so many of us strive for it?
Is it the wealth that does it to people? Or was it the person they were at the outset before the money came in? What changes in a person? Or perhaps there was no real change of character; just the pressure of prosperity that forced to the surface the empty soul deep within. Perhaps they were not even aware of it.
"Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven." (Proverbs 23:4-5)
What are you working toward? Is it about job security, financial security, or ego security? What do you feel you need to have? And once you have that, then what?
Will you be complete in yourself? What will you become? And if your riches make themselves wings and fly away, will you be who you think you are?
This word of Jesus has taught me that wealth is not measured in dollars or in property value:
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all thes ethings shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)
The Kingdom of God is wherever the rule of God is in effect. He owns all the wealth. It comes from Him and eventually returns back to Him.
It is far more fulfilling to pursue a relationship of trust with the Owner than to pour your heart into things that will always be His whether you have some of it for awhile or not.
Solomon, the wealthiest of men in his day, offers a perspective, which is godly wisdom:
"Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor - this is the gift of God. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart." (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20)

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