How many times we keep praying to God I need this, I need that? This constant asking really takes our minds off what we really have. We’ve been blessed when we really take our inventory. In our contemporary culture, many of us look into how much money we have or looking to get more or larger in our material world. Dreaming bigger homes or bigger cars, or making large sums of money, or hit it big in stock market, etc. Many of us fail to recognize what makes us whole and the necessities we already have. In an environment we are bombarded with TV and online commercials and advertisements to buy and spend. Does possessions make our hearts happy and bring joy? By getting bogged down to materialism gives us inner contentment?
I recall while I was in the Aerospace corporate world working as a Financial Analyst, many of my associates and other administrative professionals constantly seeking advancement and promotion to move up in ranks. I too got involved in that mind-set of “rat race” to advance myself. In this process, instead of thanking God for what I had and count the blessings, we were involved in office politics of getting ahead. There are other things I’ve observed with rich businessmen. As the saying goes “rich getting richer”. Sure, the business owners are working hard, and so doing, they totally dwelling in the business of making money and lag giving thanks to God for what they have. No wonder many working for others or business owners lack inner satisfaction or contentment.
Making money is not the only way to experience inner contentment. Ofcourse, we need money to pay for our daily living expenses and some savings for unforeseen circumstances. We must not lose sight counting our blessings such as good health, loving family relationships, loving of our neighbors, having a job or a business, being conscious and helping the needy such as stamping out hunger and homelessness. When we give thanks to God and count our blessings, we sure feel happy, joy, peace and inner contentment.
Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, Nevada