Is money really life’s report card?

There’s a saying that goes: ‘money is life’s report card,’ meaning success in life is in proportion to how much we earn, accrue and spend. Yet the universal experience is what John D Rockerfeller said when asked how much you need to be happy; ‘Just a little bit more,’ he said.
But over against this stand the words of the Bible: ‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said: Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’
Making money life’s report card eventually becomes an obsession that leads to the very opposite of what we are want. It doesn’t lead to contentment; it just guarantees we’ll never find it. It’s like drinking saltwater; it doesn’t satisfy our thirst; just increases it.

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3 Responses to Is money really life’s report card?

  1. vincentcarlos says:

    chasing money to solely chase money will not lead to happiness. that is true, but a Princeton researcher who won a Nobel Prize actually proved that when used in the right way money can make you happier. money is the single most discussed topic in the bible and there are points for both sides so I don’t think quotes from the bible are a good example when talking about money because there are quotes to prove all sides. A bible verse for the poor would be what you said. A bible verse for the middle class would be “If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment” JOBS 36:11 and a bible verse for the rich would be “What use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom.” Proverbs 17:16. I think money is extremely important to live your dreams, to help the people you love and to give back to important causes but you need reasons why you want the money, you can’t just want the money itself. Thoughts?

    • Good point. I think John Wesley’s attitude towards money is worth considering. He seemed to teach that the essential factors are how we obtain money, how we view it and how we use it. I seem to remember something about him advising Christians to make as much as they can in order to give as much as they can.

      • vincentcarlos says:

        I believe in God, but I don’t consider myself that religious just because I haven’t studied it that well, but I know those quotes because I’m really interested in the idea of money and the way people view it. I agree with John Wesley on those factors. It sounds like he understands this:)

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