Friday, 25 May 2012

The vanity of money

In other words, money can't buy happiness. A few quotes from some greats - ancient and recent - that testify to this. First, King Solomon:
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

Second, Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the US:
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of it filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfied one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man; rely upon it: “Better a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures.

Third, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President:
Financial success is purely metallic. The man who gains it has four metallic attributes: gold in his palm, silver on his tongue, brass in his face, and iron in his heart.

John D. Rockfeller:
I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness. I would barter them all for the days I sat on an office stool in Cleveland and counted myself rich on three dollars a week.

It's good therefore to know that God has promised all His children a lasting inheritance with benefits both in this life and the next. Paul puts it well by asking:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 

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