Can Money Buy Happiness?
Think money can buy happiness?
High inflation and credit card debt is taking its toll. Empower’s Financial Happiness survey revealed that 60% of Americans believe money can buy happiness. Earning $285,000 a year would do it. Except, millennials say they need more than half a million. Young people are growing up in a time where wages are comparatively lower and debt is higher than what their parents or grandparents had, and many are discouraged. The word, happiness occurs 6 times in the NIV. Two of those are in the parable of the Talents. If you remember, a man went on a journey – entrusting his wealth to 3 servants. When he returned, 2 of the 3 reported significant earnings. To each, he exclaimed, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23)
It’s a privilege to manage what God provides, and He’s pleased when we steward wisely. Those who don’t know or choose to ignore what the Bible teaches are often led astray by the deceitfulness of riches. Attempting to find happiness causes people to overspend and carry debt. It’s a burden that can be lifted with a changed mindset and hard work. Choose to delight in the Lord – He’ll give you the power to ignore the world and all that it offers. So, “Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) Steward wisely so that one day you’ll hear, “Well done good and faithful servant, come and share in your Master’s happiness.” (Matthew 25:23)
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