Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Riches come and go

The greatest wealth is to live content with little. - Plato
"Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle." - Proverbs 23:4-5

These words seem strange coming from a man who had so much wealth. Clearly Solomon must have learnt a lot about the fragility of riches and wealth. When you have lots then you have many friends, but when the tough times come, then many people move onto greener pastures. I am sure that it is not just Solomon who came to understand this truth.

Jesus said something very similar:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:19-21

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. Anne Frank

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. Marcus Aurelius

Living in Grace

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