Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Where Your Treasure Is...

A global financial crisis tends is very illuminating in a lot of ways. It weeds out the enterprises that lack efficiency. It's a commentary on the credit culture in which we've lived for the past few decades. And it shines a spotlight on those who have placed money above all else in their lives. It seems every month now we're hearing of some rich guy who was so in love with his riches that he couldn't bear to live without them, such as billionaire Adolf Merckle. Or about crooks like ponzi mastermind Bernard Madoff, who lost not only his own fortune, but that of many other financially enhanced individuals willing to risk all for the easy buck.

Even among the cash-strapped masses, big money is the overriding goal, what with billions spent on lottery gambling each year.

Ever more relevant is the admonition in Matthew 6:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also...
At times like these, I'm thankful that I have enough to keep a roof over our heads. But I'm even more thankful that whatever happens economically, my most precious possessions are secure.

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