We are shocked when headlines read of celebrities; those who seem fairly wealthy, or have very glamorous lives end their own life.
Men and women labor all their lives to build a business, achieve great wealth, fame, fortune, and acceptance from the audience but discover that their lives are nothing but vanity.
As the old verse says and still rings true today “for what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his own soul?”
We seem to have this perceived image in our minds that being wealthy and successful will bring happiness.
If that were the case then why do we see so many wealthy people suffer from loneliness, depression, strife, sorrow, and lack of fulfillment?
Being prosperous and having a great amount of money in the bank isn’t a crime but when we take something that is only material and put it on a pedestal, believing that it is a life spring, an antidote for all the problems in the
world, do we get ourselves in trouble.
Yes, money can be used for a great cause but it isn’t always the answer to a problem nor is it always a quick fix answer.
The irony of it all is that gaining money can at times develop even more problems.
The love of money has ripped family’s apart, started drug abuse, drove people to theft, and overall compromise their life values.
The idea that wealth has the potential to make us happy isn’t something new.
Even kings in history have realized that wealth could not bring joy and happiness. One of the most well known kings, King Solomon, had great wealth and it was said of him that everything he owned from cups, plates, to eating utensils were made of pure gold.
Despite all the riches in the world he too exclaimed at the end of his life “I looked on all the works that my hands had made…and behold, everything was meaningless.”
The fearful last words of Elizabeth the First were “all my possessions for one moment of time.”
The damage being done to the next generation is not being informed of the tragic lives lived before them.
Those who lack knowledge of the past are destined to repeat it.
If there is anything that we can learn from these lives is that treasure is found in the loved ones that we often take for granted.