Rich Young Ruler in the Mirror

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Money talks – It’s on a bail bondsman’s car.

We were hooked! It was hard to look away. There were 20,000 square foot homes in picturesque settings. Their garages, that only held luxury cars, were bigger than most homes. And everything was pristine. Plus, Robin Leach’s British accent as host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous was slightly intoxicating.  The grumble heard wasn’t our stomachs for food but our desire for that life.

But wait, there’s more!

Just a few channels down, we were welcomed into our favorite artists’ homes on MTV cribs. One had a full-sized refrigerator just for bottled water! Today, we’re in a race to Keep up with the Kardashians and the Real Housewives. Not to mention the Joneses.

The other day, I came across a book proclaiming I can get rich and only work 4 hours a week. I need it. In my current plight to reach the 1%, I run out of day before obtaining my goals. Apparently, so do you or the percent would be much higher.

Time is running out.

          Children are growing up.

                    Parents are growing old.

                              Test results aren’t always normal anymore.

Will we reach these plebeian goals in time?

Goals set by someone else. Goals that complicate life. Goals that make us self-reliant and therefore selfish. (Maybe there’s a *TED talk for that).

If we could only have joy in our day to day, regardless of what’s in our bank accounts. To live the simplified life.

Why have we been myrmidons to the god of this world? he only takes and never gives.

And if that is true, we need to do the opposite.

We need to be givers. To be like the One who gave all.

No longer to use the world’s ideals to measure ourselves.

We need The Stable Ruler. Not a rich young one.

If we say we’re open to giving our lives away for Christ, then everything we own is also up for grabs. What is more dear to us than our own lives? It seems a rhetorical question but there are things we covet and keep. Things we have a hard time parting with, if we part with them at all. Things like:

  • Money
  • Comfort zone
  • Ideas
  • Food
  • “Undeserved” gifts
  • Heirlooms
  • Heritage**
  • Being right
  • Place in line (especially at airports or when waiting a “long” time)
  • Position/Status
  • Mercy
  • Grace
  • Time
  • Monochromatic environment (look around or better yet through the photos on your phone or your FB page, does everyone look like you, are they all the same race, religion, sexual orientation, political party, economic status)
  • The last piece of gum.

We etiolate our existence while building “wealth.” But it doesn’t save us.

He does.

 Be well, Beloved.

 

Mark 10:17, 21-27 King James Version (KJV)

17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

 *Ted Turner once said he’d like to see a list of the biggest philanthropist as opposed to the world’s richest people. 
 **Heritage- Our birthplace may not need to be the place we live out our lives.

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