True Wealth

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” —George Lorimer

A common misconception about money is that it is evil. Money is not evil, but the love of money is. If our all our desire is to acquire as much money to buy material things to make us happy, we have failed to understand what happiness is. If the amount of money made us happy then why are there so many celebrities who have so many problems and don’t really seem to have true happiness. I feel that those who have a lot of money are most happy when they use it for good purposes. Having a lot of money can be used to do a lot of good and make a difference. Stephen W. Gibson highlights how money should be used and how important it is in our lives. He says:

“Money has great power. It is the power to feed ourselves and our families, power to purchase or rent shelter and to buy transportation. It is the power to purchase medicine for our sick children
and power to go on missions when we are young and power to go on missions when we are old. The power to purchase clothes to keep us warm when the Rexburg winds blow and chill you to
the bone.Realize this million dollar bill can give the possessor of this bill the power to buy a million hamburgers for hungry children or buy a million bullets to kill the innocent. It can buy a million pills to treat the sick or a million cigarettes to make people sick. It isn’t the million dollars that is bad or evil but how it is used.
The possession of excess Money often reveals or exposes what kind of a person the individual is.”

I believe the possession of excess money does reveal our character. Will we use it for selfish or selfless reasons? The choice between the two can determine our happiness and if we are truly wealthy or not.

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