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Grasping wealth

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” —Zig Ziglar

Proverbs 23:4- Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.

So many of us are working hard to make ends meets, some are working hard to attain one thing, to “say” they are rich and famous. Some believe money will solve all their problems. I learned from several wise mentors that you can have all the money in the world and if you don’t manage it properly it does no good. It may create more problems than solve anything.

I see so many attain that status “rich and famous” and have no joy. And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15.) I am not saying having money is wrong. In fact, a friend shared this, “much of God’s work relies on charitable and responsible people with the means to help. It’s when we begin grasping at wealth and desire it above all that it poisons us.”

Today’s scripture is a reminder to not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Continue to trust God’s plans for you.

Dear God,

Thank you for the reminder that there is no need to wear myself out to get rich; to have the wisdom to show restraint. Most importantly to trust you and your plans for me. I pray that all your children will not wear themselves out to get rich; that they will have wisdom to show restraints and trust you and your plans for their life. I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!

Ilka V. Chavez

“Learn it. Live it. Lead it.”

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