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I must offer a disclaimer before all that is said here is read. What I offer here, like all my other postings, is opinion. Based on fact occasionally, but an opinion nonetheless. Please do not get offended. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the role of money in society. It is quite central to all that we do and quite a necessary evil in a sense. We couldn’t survive without it; we have a need for this common currency to purchase staple items to fuel our existence. I recognise this. I also cannot begin to imagine the stress that finances can put upon a father trying to provide for his family, a mother for her children, and how that little bit of extra comfort can help so much. However, the pursuit of material wealth above and beyond what is necessary has got me worried. I’ve decided that the pursuit of riches is not just a trivial factor among a number of others in our day to day lives, but has become the main driving factor. The central force that drives all that we do. And though this may be a sad realisation and one that I am not happy to admit, it is a very true and sobering thought. Think about the measure of a country’s success, it’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The GDP measures the balance of accounts based on the influx and outflow of capital, exports, imports, and so on. This index measures a country’s success in purely economic measures yet is still used as a measurement of ranking standard of living. Why must our standard of living be based on an economic measurement? I much prefer the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index which measures a country’s general wellbeing outside of economic terms. Thinking about my own life it seems I have been subconsciously conscripted to this “GDP” pattern of thought. My whole life it seems has been built around building a base of knowledge through various sources of education, through to a University degree, in order to increase my long term economic wealth. It seems that every action I take is in some way supposed to increase my commercial value and marketability to employers. My life is not a CV. Perhaps it has become so ingrained in our culture, chasing the “American dream” as such, that we hardly notice how commercialistic we really have become. Personally, I have no desire whatsoever to reach that pinnacle of wealth and status that we all have been conditioned to aspire to. And I think this has something to do with the fact that I have found a purpose above what is seen on this earth, that I know what is beyond all the worldly dreams that we so pointlessly chase. I have a purpose in God. In this light, I can see why people chase material wealth! It’s just a way of trying to find themselves, trying to find a purpose, to fill that hole which they feel deep within. When my time on this world is said and done, I don’t want others to remember me as the Managing Director of this company or the Executive of that corporation. What meaning does this really have at the end of the day? If I can make a positive change for others every day, then my purpose is complete. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” Matthew 6:19-20

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Posted September 13, 2010 by titirangilifechurch/blog in Life's troubles

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