This morning I was reading in the newspaper (you know this is my favorite place to find blog topics) about a family who owns a local amusement park. The story was by no means flattering to either of the family members that are feuding over money and control of the park. Let me just say that I am fully aware that newspapers do not always print the truth. With that being said, whether or not the story was true, it taught me some valuable lessons.
You see dysfunctional families are at large all around us. When you have a dysfunctional family and you add in hurt, depressed and money hungry members it creates sin. This sin forms because the family has already opened the wound up for all to see, so when you aggravate it: it just becomes larger and larger.
This particular feud is over money and power. These are two easily recognizable sins. We have all been there. Okay, well maybe not over $27 million dollars, but we all have wanted and feuded over money and power. Whether it has been in your marriage, your friendships or your extended family – I venture to bet it has happened to you.
Look again at that Proverbs verse above. Pretty clear, huh? When we waste our time feuding over money, we will find no happiness, no fulfillment and certainly not God. When we spend our time fighting over estates of our deceased loved ones, we will not find contentment. What you will find is more sin: sadness, depression, and guilt.
Most of my life, I have felt that success and happiness will come with a good paying job, a beautiful home and a successful husband. That is so far from the truth. As I have grown in my faith, I have found that a strong love of God, my church and my family bring me the most joy. It is true joy because it is fulfilling.
Sure, it is great to have money to pay the bills, but that isn’t what makes me happy. Certainly enough to cover needed expenses is wonderful, but I don’t need $27 million to prove my happiness or my success in life.
Before you start a feud over money – whether it is what you are owed, or whether you make enough money, or whether you are getting paid what you are worth – think about what really will make you happy. Is it really the money that will bring you joy? Is it really the power that will satisfy your hunger?
In the song “Gift of Finest Wheat” here are part of the lyrics:
You give yourself to us, O Lord, Then selfless let us be, To serve each other in Your name In truth and charity.
You satisfy the hungry heart, with gift of finest wheat. Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.