Ecclesiastes 2:11... I love capitalism...
Ecclesiastes 2:11... I love capitalism. I love personal responsibility. I love hard work. I love 'Merica and the land of opportunity that it provides. BUT, there is a dangerously fine line between all of these things that I love and a life of empty and hopeless meaninglessness. "Just pull YOURSELF up by your bootstraps." "If you just set your mind to it, YOU can accomplish anything." Hmmmm. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for initiative, determination and motivation, but in our pursuit for purpose, we must be very careful to avoid falling into the never satisfying money pit and even more so, the 'self made man' mentality that comes right along with it. It is so easy to place our trust in the money pit, the endless vacuum of misplaced identity and self worth. When we buy into the belief that my success and achievement and accumulation of wealth and acquirement of stuff will bring me fulfillment, we will soon find ourselves at the bottom of the money pit graveling in discontentment. You've heard it said that money can't buy happiness. Well, that is the exact point that King Solomon was making in Ecclesiastes 2:11. What word did he use to epitomize the money pit? Meaningless. John D. Rockefeller, an Ohio native, started Standard Oil. Rockefeller was at one point the world’s richest man and first ever American billionaire. Considering he was a billionaire in the early 1900′s he is still considered as the richest person in modern history. When a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” He responded, “Just a little bit more.” In short, he was shedding light of the money pit with this simple, yet profoundly revealing statement. So, you disagree with these thoughts? It's all good. Prove me wrong. Pursue away. Get to the end of your life and show me that all of your 'hard work' brought you fulfillment, purpose and meaning. I'll stand corrected. The tragedy, however, would be that you get to the end of your life trying to prove me wrong and you find a 'self made man' who has just wasted his time chasing after the wind. There is one way out of the money pit trappings of this world. Look higher.
By Homer Allison Jr.
Published on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 9:48 AM CDT
By Homer Allison Jr.
Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 8:01 AM CDT