Are You Better Off?
September 17th, 2012
We are just 50 days away from the 2012 Presidential election. The question is being asked, especially by those who believe that our current President needs to become our former President, - "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" I for one think the answer to that question is more than just a financial issue, it is also a spiritual issue.
Isaiah 55:2 "Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness".
Everybody wants to have a better life. That has become the slogan of of not only this election season, but our society in general. Everywhere we look there are a multiplicity of suggestions on how to live and have a better life. There are pills, exercises, and diet books to help us lose weight so we can live a more fufilling and happy life. There are lotions, treatments, and surgeries to help us look better so we can live a more fufilling and happy life. There are cell phones, computers, and televisions to keep us connected and entertained so we can live a more fufilling and happy life. There aere social media tools such as facebook, twitter, youtube and a host of other technology gadgets to help us live a more fufilling and happy life. There are cars, clothes, and fancy homes to keep us feeling wealthy so we can live a more fufilling and happy life. There are also jobs, cash, and credit cards to keep us spending for all of these things so that we can one day, hopefully, have that better life we dream about.
I want a better life too, but I don’t think that any of these things will help me find it. I have tried some of them over the years and while they may make you feel better for a moment they don’t bring you the lasting happiness you're looking for. I have found that the only way to Have A Better Life is to Live A Better Life, and only way to give your children a better life is to show them how to live a better life as well.
How do you live a better life? You start by living more for your soul and less for your wallet. You spend more time hugging and less time buying. You turn off the television and take a walk with your children. You smile more and worry less. You spend more time with your loved ones and less time at the office. You laugh longer and more often. You look in your heart more and in the mirror less. You make your first job spreading joy rather than earning money. You realize just how much God loves you and you spend your days sharing that love with everyone you meet. No wonder "...he that winneth souls is wise." You and I must never forget that our life is a gift from God and how we live it is our gift back.