On Riches and Arrogance

February 15, 2014

There is an overabundance of books today that teach you how to be rich. I know authors who jump into the bandwagon and start churning out books and giving seminars on the subject matter of money. There is a great appeal on promising people that once you read their books you would become rich. In fact there are seminars that promise you the moon and the stars; that after attending you would be wealthy, buy a luxury car, travel the world in record time. Stay away from these rubbish.

You will never hear me say, write a book or hold seminars saying, “I Want You to Get Rich,” instead I want you to BE rich. Getting rich with money and being rich as a person are two different things. There are wealthy people with loads of cash who are wallowing in poverty as far as living life and pursuing meaning is concerned.

If you look at Scriptures the apostle Paul tells Timothy to command rich people not to be arrogant. Now let me be clear. There are people without money who are also arrogant especially the envious and the insecure ones. But they are marginalized; they could not do much except to yap their mouths. But it’s an entirely different thing when people with tons of money become arrogant. They can really go out and harm people. Some times something happens to people who become rich. The inclination is for arrogance. Why do they become arrogant? The unfortunate thing about this is that we help them become arrogant.

Have you ever found yourself in a party and then there is a circle of people wherein an extremely rich person is there? Everybody seems to make him or her the center of the circle? And that person makes all of us feel like we are mere mortals?

And whatever they say, everybody seems to say, “Yes, you’re right, you’re right…” Most of us agree with the rich people because they are so rich they can’t be wrong. They’re probably the smartest person in the circle.

Some times or perhaps in many occasions when a person gets rich they think they get smarter. They think that their IQ goes up with their income. They may have become rich because they’re smart but getting rich didn’t make them smart.

Paul says: Do not be arrogant or put your hope in wealth, which is so uncertain.

Ever heard of the phrase, “He’s worth a ton of money but you never know…”

When you start to have more money, when you get that raise, the windfall, the bonus, the commission, when all the things are looking good, something begins to happen to your hope. As your lifestyle increases your hope begins to migrate toward the accumulation of wealth. And then the fear of losing it all is even greater. The economic recession that has sent many rich people into bankruptcy becomes a horror that haunts them all the time. This is why there is a saying that goes this way: “The wealthier they are the more afraid they are of dying because they don’t want to lose it all.”

The writer of Proverb says: “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city….”

When you get rich do not think you are invincible and you begin to save your way to safety. You might begin to value people less and value stuffs more. They are just stuffs, that’s all. I hope you become rich. I hope you have tons of money. But don’t be arrogant. I hope you would use your money to help and bless others who don’t. Why do you want to have everything money can buy? Where are you going to store all of your stuffs in the first place? Learn to live life with meaning and serve others rather than the self. For after all, you can’t take it with you…they can’t fit in the box!





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