How do you value money in your life?

People without wealth (money) are often the ones who belittle it.  Wealth itself is neutral.  It can become a blessing or a curse, depending on the priority it has in your life.  It is tragic when the acquiring of great wealth becomes the driving force in a person’s life.

When money is an idol, it becomes so demanding that it destroys everything that is beautiful and worthwhile in terms of character and personality.  Friendships are often destroyed when the suspicion exists that it is only based on personal gain.  Being wealthy often causes people to become contemptuous of those who have nothing, and such people often become hard-hearted towards charity.

If money is kept in the right place on our life’s agenda and if it remains a servant, it can be a great blessing.  Still, it cannot buy those qualities that are essential for true life.  It might cushion some of life’s blows and make your life more comfortable, but there are assets that come without a price tag and that are essential for true life.

We have to remind ourselves constantly that money can buy ~

  • Books – but not intellect,
  • A bed – but not peaceful sleep,
  • Food – but not appetite,
  • Entertainment – but not happiness,
  • Luxuries – but not culture,
  • A Bible – but not heaven.

People often forget that the most valuable things in life are free!

Obsession with possessions, more than anything else,

prevents people from living freely and nobly.

~ Bernard Russell ~

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