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I Need Just a Little More

Idolatry in America is blatant through our worship of materialism.  We measure everything in terms of money.   If we hear news about war, we hear how much it is costing us in money.  The dead and wounded are stated in secondary reports and not as often mentioned.  Christmas in the USA is not about Jesus’ birth but in how much money did the retailers make during the season.  Although some people complain that we just “can’t afford to help some cause, a school, or give to the LORD”, it is amazing that those same people send posts from marvelous spots around the world where they are recreating, touring, and vacationing.

Over the years, I have gathered some humorous insights about money.  I don’t have the names of those making these statements, but here are a few that I have kept in my file….

When a person says it’s not the money but the principle of the thing, it’s the money.

Every time you lend money to a friend you damage his memory. 

Someone asked a notorious bank robber why he robbed so many banks. “Because that’s where the money is.”

Those seeking to entertain America know that we love to see what people will do as contestants in order to win a large sum of money.  Perhaps this one is one of the more bizarre…..

All of us have heard television programs or read articles that tell of folks being asked to do some bizarre thing for money. “What’s the most outrageous thing you would do for $10,000 cash?” That’s the question posed some years ago by Chicago radio station WKOX, which attracted responses from more than 6,000 full-tilt crazies.

The eventual winner: Jay Gwaltney of Zionsville, Indiana, consumed an 11-foot birch sapling — leaves, roots, bark and all. For the event, he donned a tux and dined at a table set elegantly with china, sterling, candles and a rose vase. Armed with pruning sheers, the Indiana State University sophomore began chomping from the top of the tree and worked his way, branch by branch, to the roots. His only condiment: French dressing for the massive birch-leaf salad. The culinary feat took 18 hours over a period of three days. When it was all over, Gwaltney complained of an upset stomach. Evidently the bark was worse than his bite. (Campus Life, December 1980, p. 19).

Today, America will witness the inauguration of our 44th President, Donald Trump.  He has made history in winning the election for many reasons, but one of those is that he is one of the wealthiest men to ever hold that office.  He was quoted when he was a younger man as saying, “Whoever says money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop.” (Donald Trump, U.S. News and World Report, January 9, 1989).

There are two ways in which a Christian may view his money–“How much of my money shall I use for God?” or “How much of God’s money shall I use for myself?”  (W. Graham Scroggie).

We are simply managers of God’s wealth.  He entrusted to us what we need to live our lives.  As we make decisions regarding what is honorable in the spending of the income He has provided to have our needs met, it is good to ponder: “Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.”  (Copied).