Yes Brother Joseph…hard earned lessons and wisdom you point out very well! I got my lumps and had to fight some arduous battles with very little help from anyone other than God Himself through my faith and His guiding me! Recently I spoke to a cousin that I hadn’t in years but what stood out to me was a couple of things that I notice in even other family members or neighbors which is how they are so focused on material wealth with its creature comforts. And like the cousin mentioning other relatives or friends of his who are all millionaires to which I had to retort the point of how money corrupts; so I don’t seek it outside of what my basic need to survive warrants! I notice something about people with lots of material wealth that it does affect their thinking or aura; in this fallen world.
Like my Dad would say when I was a kid that money to him is only a tool to take care of his obligations and provide for his family the basics of a home and necessities! But now decades later it’s far more a materialistic society than back then; and people all over this internet you can see how they seek fame, fortune or at least recognition and praise! To me it’s all folly and actually I think it’s stupid to be like that, to want lots of material wealth and things! Even Einstein when he first moved to America they were all saying he needs to buy a home and he said he didn’t want that or material things because they only weigh a person down or are a burden! I have decent security as that goes but I worked hard for all I have and I truly appreciate what I have, but it really means nothing to me other than the nature around me and the gifts that God provided for my peace of mind or overall well-being.
I know people that inherited large amounts of wealth and live in the upper crust lifestyle, some are relatives, but I see it as a curse and nothing there I want or need in what they own or possess; because I see how it owns or possesses them, as often times people actually worship money and stature; which is a sin! Very few persons have been able to acquire vast wealth and not allow it to own them, but to instead get very busy and creative putting that to great use that God directs them to do as servants of God not kings or queens of earth which they think of themselves as; which is all the Devils temporary playground kingdom! We who understand humility know that living a Spartan lifestyle outshines any decadent rich one to God, with only those select few exceptions that God anointed for His purposes! I’m much happier being humbled and keeping it simple!
“14I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:14-16
Let’s pray to live as God instructs us to and be as close to Jesus Christ as we possibly can, not the world that only brings death; while our precious Lord Jesus brings life eternal with perfect peace and happiness! Amen.
God bless you Brother!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III