Sunday, December 5, 2010
How Much is Enough?
This article demonstrates the value that America places on money. It used to be that a million dollars was a substantial sum, but this is rapidly becoming obsolete. In fact, one million dollars is an expected minimum amount that would make an adequate cushion for retirement. Exactly how much money does it take to impress society today? The article suggests a billion dollars. A billion dollars has become the standard set as a suitable success at the box office. It is also mentioned in latest hit songs on the radio such as "Billionaire." I think it is safe to say that this number will only increase as time goes on. Individuals will invariably be expected to earn more and spend more-according to the world's standards. As Christians, we are taught that we cannot serve both God and money. We are called to handle money responsibly and to acknowledge the significance of tithing. In addition, we are encouraged to give away to others. God is extremely generous with us and we must return the favor. My pastor has recently given a series of sermons about living a simpler life and finding contentment with what one has. In a nation full of substantial spending and debt, Christians should lead the way in respecting money without worshiping it. This is something that we should consistently be cognizant of. Truth be told, if we follow what the world says regarding money...we will never have enough.