Where are your riches?

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  The pursuit of riches seems to have become a large part of our lives. The theme song of today’s society appears to be "I can’t get no satisfaction." As I look back over the last 40, or 50 years, I see drastic changes in our lifestyles. ‘More, more’, and ‘better, better’ seem to be today’s guiding principles. Don't repair, and/or reuse, throw it away and buy new. We just have to have the newer, larger, improved/more powerful version of everything. All of which cost more money; hence, the pursuit of money becomes a goal in our lives.
       This drive comes at a very expensive cost!

  The headlong pursuit of these goals cost us time with Our God, each other, our children, and our friends. The majority of today’s families have both parents working. They spend comparatively little time with their children. The time they do spend is often tainted with irritation at the events of the day, or with stress brought home from the job. They often miss those special milestones in a child’s development: babies first word; the first hesitant step; the first little league game, or school play; etc. There is little, or no time, for interaction with God, or our friends.

Contemplating my life and the mistakes,
which I have made, I was inspired to write the following:

Where Are Your Riches?

"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
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

Are you working long hours?
Have two, three, or more, jobs?
Work six or seven days a week?
Are you spending time with God and your loved ones?
Where is the money you worked so long and hard for:
a week ago;
a month ago;
a year ago?
Which is going to last longer: your riches;
Or, your relationship with God, your family, & your friends?

Any inspiration that you may find in my musings can only be credited to the Holy Spirit. Any failings, which you may find, are due solely to the poor quality tool (namely me) that the Spirit had to work with.
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