A Thought for Today: Avarice

Avarice is an insatiable greed for riches, an inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth. It is said at times that the most desirable treasures in life are not things. A person with avarice does not agree with that philosophy. It is also said, “You can’t take it with you!” True enough.

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have both made tremendous amounts of money. But they are both benevolent, giving their billions away to better this world. Warren Buffet has not only put billions into the Gates Foundaton but hes has assured that most all of his wealth will go to charity on his death.

I heard that when Bill Gates was up north of here in Montana and his car broke down, he asked a rancher for help. The rancher didn’t know Bill Gates from Moses and he simply said, “The keys are in the pickup.” Bill went to town, got help, and returned the truck. Later, the farmer found that Bill Gates had paid off his mortgage while he was in town.

It is okay to pursue wealth. It is unwise to make that your driving force in life. The extreme is King Midas who ended up turning everything he touched into gold. He couldn’t even pet his dog, kiss his wife, hug his daughter and such. Like so many people with avarice, they are untouchable, unapproachable, undesirable.

there is a scripture that goes like this: 19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Mathew 6:19-21 KJV Bible New Testament

May the Lord walk before you this day.

Fly Old Glory!

John


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