“How much money will make you happy?”
This is one of the conversation questions I sometimes ask my online Japanese students who want to have a free conversation lesson. Most of my students’ reply to this silly question of mine is, “Just a few yen.” (Shocking answer, isn’t it?) Well, the reality is this isn’t their common answer! Many of them answer to this effect, “A million dollars!” 🙂
Now, let me ask you. “How much money will make you happy?” You can keep your answer to yourself for now. 🙂 Actually, it’s just natural for any nationality to want money to sustain their needs. It’s not evil at all! Possessions and wealth are not evil in themselves but the Bible says that the love of it makes it evil! (1 Tim. 6).
King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:18-20,
“18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment[h] in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.”
Now, the question is “Is it bad to enjoy your possessions and wealth?” The answer is obvious from these verses. It is God’s gift to be able to enjoy His material and financial blessing.
Now, why is it that some extremely rich people still can’t enjoy what they have? Some want more. Some envy what others have. They exert their full effort to have what others have until they forget what they have in their hands, in their pockets, in their lives.
Ironically, why are there people living hand-to-mouth who are enjoying a contented life?
What do you think?
Interestingly enough, attitude towards our possessions makes a HUGE difference.
Anyone who doesn’t recognize the Giver of his or her gifts don’t enjoy what he has. He ends up being discontented, depressed and worse, unhappy!
However, only those who recognize God to be the sole source of all his wealth and possessions are the ones who are capable of enjoying His blessings. The more appreciative a person becomes, the happier he can be!
Our enjoyment actually should not be based on how much we have. In contrast, it should be based on the attitude of our heart towards the Generous and Gracious Giver of our blessings.
Abundance in material, physical and financial blessings is futile without the ability to enjoy it. So after seeing Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, what do you think is the key to enjoy your earthly gift?
Yes, you got it! Recognize the Heavenly Giver of your gifts and stay grateful to Him for what you earn after all your toils!