Ada — Whenever James Truslow Adams coined the term “the American Dream,” he probably never envisioned the nightmare that it would become.
A term that used to represent hope and opportunity now represents self-indulgence and flashy toys.
Many who chase “the dream” damage their relationships with family and loved ones while they seek to make more money and buy things that will be outdated in 6 months. Malcom Forbes (former publisher of Forbes magazine) said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” I imagine that anyone who follows this philosophy will feel empty and hollow at the time of their death. (Read Ecclesiastes for Solomon’s account.)
Some witty individual countered Forbes’ declaration by saying, “He who dies with the most toys still dies.”
A life of success will ultimately be measured by how many lives we have impacted and how we have served God and served others. The things we own now will simply rot and decay with time and cease to be remembered.
Money is a very important topic in scriptures because how we use it reveals so much about our character.
Billy Graham said, “Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.” We invest in the things that mean the most to us, so we can get an accurate picture of our priorities when we examine how we spend our money.
Jesus taught, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
If we choose to give and serve others who are in need rather than indulge in our own selfish pleasures, then we will be rewarded eternally. Furthermore, our investment will not lose value, but it will greatly add to the quality of the lives of others.