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John and his wife Roberta were touring their brand new, multi-million dollar home which had been paid for by Roberta's inheritance money. She said, "John, if it were not for my money, we would not be here." That afternoon, a truck arrived with a load of exquisite furniture, and Roberta proudly repeated, "John, if it were not for my money, this furniture would not be here." Later that same day, another truck arrived with a state of the art entertainment and computer system housed in a handmade case made of the finest mahogany. Roberta echoed what had now become her mantra: "John, if it were not for my money, this entertainment system would not be here." Finally they came to the garage where the gleaming new Rolls Royce was parked along with a Ferrari, and again Roberta reminded her husband, "John, if it were not for my money, these beautiful automobiles would not be here." Finally John spoke, "Honey, I don't want to make you feel bad, but if it weren't for your money, I wouldn't be here either." They say money can't buy happiness, but apparently it can buy a husband!

Do you have any "money problems?" Roberta and John remind us that you don't have to have more month than money to suffer from money problems. Money problems have arisen anytime you are duped into believing that because you have more you automatically are more, whether you have more or not! In Ecclesiastes 5:10 a very rich man tries to warn about the "myth of more" - that is the very American myth that says the more money you have the happier you'll automatically be. In that verse Solomon, the Donald Trump/Bill Gates of his own day (see I Kings 10:1 1 ff) said: "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income." The "myth of more" has obviously been around for a long time. From Adam and Eve to the rich young ruler to a host of modem day moneylovers, multitudes have been misled by the "myth of more." In Mark 10: 17-27, Jesus encountered the rich young ruler and invited this seemingly successful young man to exchange his earthly riches for heavenly ones by selling his possessions, giving to the poor and by taking up the cross to follow Jesus. But the young man "was sad at this word, went away grieved, for he had great possessions." The Holy Spirit could just as truly have recorded "great possessions had him." The rich young man had a money problem. He had bought into the "myth of more." He convinced himself that he had more with money but without Christ that he would have with Christ but without money. Whether I have much or little, money becomes a problem when it means more to me than the Lord. At the end of this life, having it all will not be enough if we do not have the Jesus. Don't sell your soul for the "myth of more."

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ