Living For The Right Reasons

“…Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Lk 12:15

too much stuff It is said that in 1923, seven of the worlds most successful men met at a Chicago hotel: the president of the largest independent steel company, the president of the largest utility company, the greatest wheat speculator, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, a member of the president’s cabinet, the president of the Bank of International Settlements, and the president of the worlds greatest monopoly. Collectively these tycoons controlled more money than there was in the United States Treasury. 

Now fast forward twenty five years and lets see what happened to them. Charles Schwab, president of the largest steel company, lived the last five years of his life on borrowed money and died a pauper. Arthur Cooger, the greatest wheat speculator, shot himself. Richard Whitney, president of the New York Stock Exchange, spent three years in Sing Sing Prison. Albert Fall, a member of the presidents cabinet, went to prison for bribery. Leon Fraser, president of the U.S. Bank  of International Settlements, shot himself. Ivan Krueger, head of one of the worlds largest monopolies, also committed suicide. 

If the recent economic upheaval has taught us anything, it’s that money brings neither security nor happiness. Yes, God will bless you with money (See Dt 8:18) And He will do it for two reasons: (1) Because He delights in seeing His redeemed children walk in His blessings (See Ps 35:27). (2) Because He expects you to use your money to reach a hurting world with God’s love. If you keep those two things in mind, you’ll be living for the right reasons. 

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