Posts tagged ‘Proverbs 23:4’

October 28, 2008

don’t work too hard

In today’s society in America, there seems to be a need to work more hours and get multiple jobs.  But, the question is for what?  Why?  What is the reason, purpose or desire for this? 

The answer typically is, to afford a more expensive lifestyle, to pay for the things that are out of your ‘means’ and believe the lies we all see on TV ad commercials!!! or the proverbial keeping up with the Jones’

Could it be, that we all have bought into this fraudulent lie that we all need to have the newest cars, the best homes and most expensive clothes?

Scripture tells us this, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint”  Proverbs 23:4

My interpretation of this verse is like don’t kill yourself to get rich or have multiple jobs to keep paying bills for things you can’t afford.  Why did you buy them in the first place? 

I also think that we should test our motives and find out why we’re trying to get rich.  Why do you want to get rich?  Are you jealous of others?  Are you coveting your neighbors things and think you deserve those things too?

I am not saying that God doesn’t like us to be rich.  I am focusing more on the ‘wear yourself out’ part.  Ultimately, in the BIG picture of things(I’m a Big picture guy), when your lying on your death bed…are you thinking about how much more money you could have made or wishing you bought another car or regretting that you didn’t spend enough hours in the office???  I think Not and hope Not.

Life is more than a job or getting rich or buying things.  I believe that the best things in life are free.      Jesus, The Ocean, Love, Children, Trees/Foliage, Health and Happiness.