Wealth is not the determining factor for happiness. People strive for money only to find that counting one’s coins and cash alone is a very lonely experience. Living in a fine house with lots of conflict and strife makes a person want to leave that fine house. A dinner shared with someone who is spewing anger and bitterness makes digestion hard.

Proverbs puts it like this: “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” Proverbs 15:16-19

No, wealth is not the determining factor for happiness. Love is. It begins with God’s love. If we have the love of Christ in our lives, we not only have happiness, we have joy. If the family is filled with Jesus’ love, our homes can be filled with joy and there can be rejoicing and gratitude for even the simplest meal.

Many wealthy people find only emptiness at the top of their careers and realize money does not fill the longing in their hearts. It has been said, “There is a God-sized vacuum in our lives that only God can fill.”

If you are reading this today and that is you, just know that our Lord is right there calling you to come to Him. He offers His great love. Accept it.

Lord Jesus, thank You so much that You offer Your forgiveness and Your love. I accept both.

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