And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? – Mark 8:36
Ever heard of the adage that goes, “Many build their wealth at the risk of their health, only to lose their wealth in order to rebuild their health”? Let me offer another angle too- “Many pursue the things of this world at the risk of losing their soul, only to regain their soul by letting go of things of the world.”
People always assert that money can always be earned back, but not health when it is at risk. That explained why many have fallen to sicknesses as a result of high stress and mental illness as a result of depression.
I have been mulling over why I have been obsessing with finances, ever since I embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship, where cashflow is not insured from time to time. I sensed I may be “losing myself”. To begin with, I have been living with a faulty belief system that I need to have more in order to enjoy more, and when I finally got there, somehow I wasn’t happy in achieving the goal. Life somehow seems meaningless- is there all to it – Do our existence contingent on our possessions?
Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15
In other word, greed is a bottomless pit, the constant pursuit of wanting more or having something better, which is never ending can be meaningless.
The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. I realised that I need a paradigm shift to see things from another perspective.
Which Is Truly Important?
I may not have earned a lot,
but I am thankful that I am not that poor to worry about my next meal;
I may not own a house,
but I am thankful that I still have roof over my head and a place to sleep;
I do not own a car,
but I am thankful that I do not impose upon myself such a liability;
I may not have amassed much wealth,
but I am thankful I still have good health;
I may not be a game changer,
but I am thankful that I can do what I am best at and called to do;
I may not have achieve success as the world pursues,
but I am thankful I can get up each day to do what I love to do;
I may not have a lot of material things that money can buy,
but I am thankful for the simple things that bring joy which money cannot buy nor time can redeem.
At least I enjoy true peace and a good night rest each day,
for many it costs them too high a price to pay.
At the end of the day, what can you bring to Heaven?
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” – Luke 16:10A
Happiness is not something to arrive at or the need to acquire it. True joy can be attained in the moments, even when you have little. Life is best lived simple, if we learn to see things from another perspective.