Tainted Wealth And Right Living

Getting rich…

That’s the American dream, isn’t it?

I mean, if you ask a High School senior what they want to do in life, many will say, “I want to make a lot of money.” Money equals success or, so we are told.

There is nothing wrong with making money…but, we need to be careful how we make it. In s desire to get rich, sometimes, people can cut corners…maybe start doing some unethical stuff…maybe push the envelope a little…to get ahead and make money.

Proverbs says, “Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.”

“Tainted wealth” is wealth accumulated by cheating or doing something illegal or immoral. It has no lasting value. Bernie Madoff had tainted wealth. Yes he was rich but he got it by cheating others. Jordan Belford, the wolf of Wall Street had tainted wealth.

But, the text also says, “right living can save your life.” That means living an honest life…a life of integrity.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to make money as long as greed doesn’t consume you. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make money if it’s done legally. There is something wrong with cheating for it.

Today, focus on right living and work hard. God will take care of the rest.

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