“I got my money on my mind till I D-I-E!”
These are the words of a rap song I heard over the radio of a taxi I boarded on my way to work. In the din of the slow-moving morning traffic, and in spite of the concentration of my mind on a Francine Rivers novel, the line grabbed my attention.
There is no mistaken the emphasis and excessive pride with which the words were recited again and again by the rap artiste.
As I mulled over the words, I deduced that the following could be true about the artiste:
- His focus and overarching desire in life is money.
- Enjoying the here and now – is paramount. Life in the hereafter is either non-existent or of little or no importance.
- His mentality is, “All I have is for me, myself and I.” “I earned it through my sweat. And I will use it as I deem fit.”
Sadly, most of us are not unlike the rap artiste. We may not be as unsubtle, but our thoughts, desires, disposition and priorities, betrayed by our choices and actions, are pointers to the same direction.
In today’s world of increasing avarice, the pull of materialism and self-centeredness is subtle. We have been admonished against obsession with money,
“Don’t be’obsessed with getting money and material things. Be relaxed with what you have. This is God’s assurance, “I will never let you down, never walk off and leave you.”
“Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and money and other material things will be given to you as well.”
Instead of chasing money, be generous, with what you have. No matter how small. That is how to amass wealth, in a bank that is bankrupt-free, and safe from embezzlers and scammers. That bank is with God.
If your choice is yourself, money and earthly possession, over God and the fulfilment he gives, you are headed for the rocks. Life will be earth-bound, unsatisfying and uncertain, in spite of your money.
Life becomes like that which you choose.
What is mostly on your mind?
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