Sunday, February 16, 2014

What is Wrong With Wanting To Get Rich Quick?

We hear about programs that promise easy quick wealth, so what is wrong with joining?

"He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty." Proverbs 28:19

Working the land is hard. The days are long, the bright sun is on you, you get sweaty, dirty, tired, and you might get splinters from tools or worse some accident in a tractor or combine, but it is necessary in order to bring the harvest.

Today few of us work on farms, instead, we have jobs. To work our jobs means to work hard too.  It means...
     * To show up on time.
     * To put in a full day.
     * Saying yes cheerfully to an unpleasant task.
     * Learning how to do our jobs better.
     * Being willing to stay late and work on days off.
     * Learning the business.
     * Learning jobs of other departments and being able to fill in.
     * Becoming the best worker they ever saw.

To chase something is to go after it with haste and energy. When you chase something you keep your eye on it and ignore other things. Chasing something tires you out and you cannot sustain the chase over a long time.

The world is full of get rich fantasies. In the lottery people throw hundreds of dollars away each year or month to hit it big when investing those same monies would give more than the winnings ever would. The internet is full of "programs" to join and get rich, they promise so many dollars a day or a year, but they take your dollars and hours and pay little or nothing.

These fantasies of get rich quick are often scams that require money up front or constant payments that slowly ebb away your resources and diminish your savings.

When you chase the fantasy of quick or easy wealth you take time and energy away from doing the things that will be sure to give a fuller life. That time could be used to acquire skills and knowledge that will get promotions at your current job. It's time you could use to get training or education that will make you a valuable candidate for a better job, but time wasted chasing fantasies will leave you without riches and you are no off.

God has given each of us a field; for some, it may be a cash register at a store, a set of tools at an auto repair shop, or it may be a paint brush and ladder. Invest in who you are and develop what God has given you and you will never worry about where your next meal is coming from.


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