Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Do I Really Need To Keep Up With The Jones's?
In review of Ecclesiastes 4:4 it says, “I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have.”
It seems the basic motive for success is due to our driving force of envy and jealousy for what others around us have.
What this means to me:
I need to examine my motives for success. Is any of it due to a driving force of envy or jealousy for what I see that others around me have? If so, this would be just as successful as chasing after the wind to catch it.
Naturally I think we can all come up with excuses for working hard to succeed or overwork. I can blame it on needing to provide for wife and myself, or I can insist that my work is so important that to slow it down would be negligent.
It may be time for me to start considering if I have a values problem. Could I be valuing the wrong things, specifically the acquisition of stuff above all else.
This verse tells me, “I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have” (Ecclesiastes 4:4 GNT).
I have two options: I can either spend all of my time keeping up with the Joneses, or I can forget them and reduce my stress level. But I can’t have both. Will I want more stuff, or will I want less stress and more time with family and friends? I need to consider when enough is enough. The choice is mine.
Jesus said it like this: “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36 NIV) To put it in modern language, “What good is it for a man to become president of his company but lose his kids or his wife?”
The simple answer for me? It’s not good at all. I don’t think that anyone has ever said on their deathbed that , “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”
Today I should consider if any of my value’s need an adjustment. Perhaps it’s time to jump out of the race.
In summary, I need to carefully examine my motives and definition of success. Is any of it due to a driving force of envy or jealousy for what I see that others around me have? If so, this would be just as successful as chasing after the wind to catch it.
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