Do not wear yourself out to get rich…for suddenly it takes wings to itself, flying like an eagle toward heaven. --Proverbs 23:4a,5
Money is a slippery thing. The song by Sting says it clearly, “I’ve been up, I’ve been down.” St. Paul says it in religious lingo, “I have learned in whatever state I am to be content.” We can plot and plan, strategize and save, manipulate and maneuver the numbers, but we really have very little control over the movement of money in and out of our lives. When we operate under the notion that we do have the capability of protecting and securing our money, we can find ourselves staggering and stunned when we suddenly find that the market has crashed, or we have been a victim of identity theft, or we are fired from our job, or a war somewhere in the world has made our money worthless. Any number of unforeseen events can leave us without the resources we were so sure we had.
Much of our work, or at least our choice of work, is based on the amount of income it will bring. Many people even work for the whole of their lives at jobs that taste as flat to them as a piece of dry white chalk, just to obtain the income they think will make their lives happy during the hours when they are not working at those tasteless jobs. Yet, in the end, even the money from such jobs is too fleeting to rely on. Our work is meant for the joy and the fulfillment of our particular gifts and skills. Since money is so slippery, it might be wise to focus on filling the deliciously relentless hunger of our heart for meaning in our work, rather than falling prey to the seduction of our pocketbook.
O God, when the desire for money makes me compromise the wonder of meaningful work in my life, take my riches away and let me find again the heart of passion that lasts beyond the feel and taste of currency.
These meditations first appeared at explorefaith.org
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