Proper Focus

today's reading.
Ecclesiastes 5:8-20    If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them...

the blog.
"He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income" (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Boy, can I attest to the truth of this verse. As I read it I remembered a conversation I had about 20 years ago shopping with my mom.

I was in college so my husband and I didn't have a lot of money. I saw a sweater that I really liked. It was $30, but there wasn't enough money in our checking account to buy it. I said to my mom "I can't wait for the day when I'll be able to buy something I see for $30 or $40 dollars and not have to worry about whether I have the money." You see, my focus was on money and having things and I was quite confident that if I just had more money, my life would be wonderful. I was dead wrong. It was only a few years later when I graduated from law school that I could spend $40, even $100, without any worrying about money. And guess what? I wasn't satisfied at all. I wanted more. Pretty sad on my part.

So what's your attitude toward money? How do we keep our money--how much we have of it or how we're using it--from taking over and becoming our focus? Tami W.

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