“I want us to consider in very practical ways what money can buy us and what it cannot. First of all, according to scripture – and here is what may shock you – money is the answer to everything. Yes, you read that correctly! In Ecclesiastes, an inspired meditation on the meaning of life, the Preacher writes:
Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything.
(Ecclesiastes 10:19 ESV)
Now, you may be wondering, if the love of money is the root of all evil and so many passages of the Bible warn against being seduced by the power of money, then how can it be the answer for everything? But think about it – the Preacher is not saying that money will make you happy or fulfill you or bring you peace and contentment. he simply says that it’s the answer to everything; any “thing” that can be had, money can provide you. My understanding of this passage is that money answers everything because it provides us with options – it always has and it always will. If you fly first class, paying the premium price, you get to choose your day and time of flight, whether you will look out the window or stretch alongside the aisle. You will get to choose what you have to eat and drink during the flight, the beef or the chicken, the cheesecake or the pudding. Money can’t make you happy, nor can it’s pursuit, or the things you buy with it. But the freedom of movement it provides, the ease and convenience, and the possibilities of positioning do indeed solve most, if not all, of life’s physical dilemmas. Having solutions to problems provides security. Having security and options allow you to focus on other matters and enjoy the nonmaterial aspects of your life. If you are not worried about how you’ll pay the bills if you go back to school for another degree, then you access the decision differently than if you know that you’ll have to work while you go to school part-time. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that life is easier and more comfortable if you have the financial resources to grease the wheels of daily life. However, it’s tempting to make the quality of our life conditional upon this fact and to view ourselves as totally without choices or resources if we don’t have as much money as we’d like. Too often people are more willing to grumble that life is unfair than to invest in repositioning themselves for more options. ”
T. D. Jakes, Repositioning Yourself: Living life without limits (Atria Books 2007) Page 125-127
Everything? I think not! And, “Too often people are more willing to grumble that life is unfair than to invest in repositioning themselves for more options.” Yes. Which is sad.
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This is well stated. I believe this 100%. I am reminded of what zig Zigglar said on this topic. “Money may not be the most important thing, but it sure is right up there with oxygen.” PEACE-
timely words. I see a great deal of human worth being measured by an individual’s economic viability. Economics, although primarily being about people, certainly seems to be the dominant ethic in a post-modern age – fast paced – technocratic age.
Thank you for explaining that very difficult position.
oh, thanks to Jakes… the excerpt is from his book “Repositioning Yourself”