Being rich isn’t everything

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This morning, as I read the headlines of the newspaper, I had to think of my son, Matt. In big,

bold print it read: DOW TAKES ANOTHER HUGE DROP. It was

the stock market’s worst day since 2008.

It was then that Matt called me and said, “Daddy, with all of our worries, that’s one thing we don’t have to worry about. We don’t have any stock.” You would have to know Matt to appreciate his sense of humor.

Matt attended SLU and received a degree in business. Besides the diploma, he met and married Monica Martinez while in college. He’s now in business for himself doing construction work and, if I must say, is very good at what he does. If you want a well-done job, call Matt. If people refuse to pay him, he doesn’t get mad. His temperament is like his grandfather (my dad whom he never met).

Getting back to the economic condition in America … Yes, it’s

scary! I remember reading a

story about the 16 richest men in America who met in Chicago prior to the Great Depression. They

lost everything in the stock market. The tragic news about them is that they never recovered. Evidently, their love of money was everything to them. A couple of them committed suicide, some ended up in prison, and others died penni-


The Bible says a rich man has many friends. At the height of their prosperity, I’m sure they had many so-called friends. When life ended, they were all alone and broke.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character, give him power (money).”

The one scripture we all have to stand on in adversity is found in Philippians 4:19, “But my God

shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

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