Many of us behave more like those ancient Egyptians than we're comfortable admitting. We don't ask to be buried with masses of gold, but we cling to the things of this world as if we could take them with us.

We need to remind ourselves that materialism is a temptation as old as ancient Egypt yet the outcome is always the same: money does not bring happiness. Read what some of the wealthiest people in our country had to say about their money:

"The care of $200 million is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it." W.H. Vanderbilt.

"I am the most miserable man on earth." John Jacob Astor.

"Millionaires seldom smile." Andrew Carnegie.

"I was happier when I was doing a mechanic's job." Henry Ford.

Their failure to reach earthly bliss shouldn't be surprising. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:10-11: "Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what is the advantage of wealth - except perhaps to watch it run through your fingers!"

We yearn to be an apprentice to people like Donald Trump when we should in fact be pursuing an apprenticeship with Jesus. Who are you following?


Steve Scalici
 is the Vice President of Treasure Coast Financial, a financial planning firm in Stuart, FL. He is co-host of God's Money which can be heard weekdays at
www.oneplace.com. He can also be reached at his website www.tcfin.com.