Cowboy Wisdom

Posted: July 2, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom
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You can tell a lot about a man
by what he doesn’t have.

I don’t want to be rich.

Good news on that front: health care changes just might ensure the impossibility of my fear being realized!  While my husband is entering his final year of surgical residency training, the recent short-sighted, imbalanced, Robin Hood idealism that is being forced upon us — which I think will ultimately be regretted — dimmed any dreams of a house full of servants and our using Benjamins as Kleenex.  (Can you see where I stand on the health care issue?  No sense in beating a dead horse with what’s already been said, though.)  Point is, everyone jokes about how rich I’ll be and how lucky I was to score a doctor husband.  Feet up in the lap of luxury, they think.

Well, whether we barely scrape by, or whether we make millions, I still don’t want to be rich.  I’m not going to get into that whole excuse some rich people use about how it’s okay to be rich, because without rich Christians, who would there be to witness to the rich lost people, and other such nonsense.  The bottom line is, it’s a slippery slope.  Earning a lot of money is great.  Keeping a lot of money — or the possessions/assets that a lot of money can secure — is not so great.  In fact, it’s quite dangerous for our hearts; they’re so very prone to idolatry.

In my mind, there’s just something pretty awesome about someone who earns 6 or 7 or 8 figures living in a small house and driving a used economy car so that he might better invest in eternity.  When you can do or buy something for yourself, but you don’t because you’ve already dedicated the excess fruit of your labor to your ministry, that tells me a whole lot about your character and about Whom you serve.

~LG

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Comments
  1. When you can do or buy something for yourself, but you don’t because you’ve already dedicated the excess fruit of your labor to your ministry, that tells me a whole lot about your character and about Whom you serve.

    Love this statement! This is true regardless of a person’s financial wealth.

  2. katdish says:

    Wise words, Lainie. I live surrounded by excess. It’s really disgusting at times. There is a neighborhood right down the street of million dollar homes. I did a real estate search a few months ago. Do you know which neighborhood had the most foreclosures? Same neighborhood. Because when you get the fancy house, you have to have the fancy furniture. And heaven forbid you put anything less than a Lexus or Mercedes in that high priced garage of yours. People long to possess things and the things end up possessing them.

  3. ~Brenda says:

    Oh my goodness. I am so with you on this! I never, ever want to be rich. Not only is it dangerous, it’s a lot of work! The more you own, the more there is to own you. Unless of course you’re rich enough to hire someone to take care of it all for you. Mwaaahahaaahaa…

    What was I saying about dangerous??

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