Money, Money, Money
Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 17-19
Key verse: Proverbs 17:1
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
As a pastor I’ve seen too many families torn apart over money.
How many is too many? Even just one. And I’ve seen many, many more than that struggle with this issue.
That’s what makes the Proverb in today’s reading selection so powerful; so poignant. It’s something that has plagued humanity since we first started hoarding what we thought valuable.
It might be chickens or firewood; gems or gold coins; coal or gas; or most anything. I suspect the particular commodity matters little. But, if our culture says we need it – and he or she who has lots of it wins (whatever that means, since the definition of “winning” also varies) – that’s when we get into trouble.
And before you know it, anxiety and stress levels rise, tempers flare, and we find ourselves living in houses “full of feasting, with strife.” Or, we may find ourselves in houses stricken by poverty – but still full of strife – because of what we don’t have.
Don’t misunderstand. I understand that poverty is no virtue in and of itself. I get that people are bound to struggle and fight under the weight of need.
All I am saying – all the proverb is saying – is that people can get their priorities so mixed up that things matter more than people, even the people they say they love.
In the end, it’s not so much about how much you have or how little; it’s how you make it through life with your focus on what really matters. And family matters.
Prayer: Lord, help me to always keep my priorities straight; especially when it comes to the difference between things and people. AMEN.