Being rich is something that looks so luxurious. Wealth can get you a lot of things: stunning holidays, the latest high-end trends, 5 bedroom houses, etc. Having loads of money seems to also come with more of a respectable status and is equated at times to happiness, peace, serenity, fame. It’s something that many people around the world would like to be. Imagine the shoes, clothes and watches you could buy. Envision the people you could spoil and treat for helping you attain your goals in life. Think of the charities that could be helped with large amounts of money donated. (*N.B the last point is obviously soooo much more than just money)
I’m not gonna lie – I would love to be wealthy one day. For me it’s about treating people who have supported me in life, as well as giving back to communities I have been a part of/connected to. I would love for my family to not have to worry about finances and be able to focus on other things. Getting there will take a lot of hard work and consistency, and also having the right mind set to see my goals become tangible.
“Do not OVERWORK to be rich”
Yesterday morning I read through some prayer points on a specific topic and I came across Proverbs 23:4-5.
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.
The first line of verse 4 had me: “Do not OVERWORK to be rich” and made me think about those who chase wealth to the very end. Whether it’s because one wants to be rich as “money is life” or there’s that specific car that will increase their social status, some people will chase money until they burn out. Don’t get me wrong it’s great to have goals. It’s great to have something you can work towards and to be able to say ‘I did it!’, but don’t burn out because of it. Give yourself that resting time. If you don’t have your strength and your health, how much further can you go?
Do not make being rich the be all and end all of your life. Do not give money, power or status that much influence over you. It’s said:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Tim 6:10
What does that mean? One thing is the love of money can cause you to put it above everything else – your family, your friends, God. At the end of the day money and riches can “make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” One day you may have millions and the next it could all be gone. Then what do you have?
Let’s not make riches our god and forsake everything else in life. Don’t be so busy to get rich that you miss out on the beautiful moments in life with loved ones. Let’s not be cooped up in constant meetings or sat on the computer screen for days on end that we miss the way the sky looks during sunset. There is more to life than money, cars, houses, etc. Do not OVERWORK to be rich. Work hard and find a balance to truly enjoy the life you have. After all, you only have one.
♥ Natalie ♥
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