Money Makes Us Happy, No?
Not understanding why he was so sad, a rich
man went to consult a rabbi. The rabbi just
took him by the hand and led him to a window.
"Look out there," he said. The
rich man looked into the street. "What
do you see?" asked the rabbi. "I
see men, women, and children," answered
the rich man.
Again the rabbi took him by the hand and
this time led him to a mirror. "Now
what do you see?" "Now I see myself,"
the rich man replied. Then the rabbi said,
"In the window and in the mirror there
is a glass. But the glass of the mirror is
covered with a little silver, and no sooner
is the silver added than you cease to see
others, but you see only yourself. Do you
A young man Eads Bridge, came out of the
Ozark Mountains, central USA in his early
manhood with the firm purpose of making a
fortune in gold. Gold became his god, and
he managed to make millions. Then the crash
came, and he was reduced to utter poverty.
His reason reeled and fell along with his
fortune. One day a policeman found him gazing
down into the waters of the Mississippi.
He ordered him to move on. "Let me alone,"
he answered, "I'm trying to think. There
is something better than gold, but I have
forgotten what it is." They placed him
in an institution for the insane. A man,
who could forget that, obviously had mental
Many people think money is security, but
Saint Paul warns that it can be just the
opposite. "For those who desire to be
rich fall into temptation, into a snare,
into many senseless and harmful desires that
plunge people into ruin and destruction (I
Timothy 6,9). When the McGugarts of New York
won the Irish Sweepstakes, they were happy.
Dad was a steam fitter. Johnny loaded crates
on docks. Tim was going to night school.
Dad split the millions with his sons. They
all claimed openly the money would not change
their plans. A year later, the millions were
not gone but the family was surely twisted.
The boys weren't speaking to dad or to each
other. Johnny was chasing expensive racehorses,
Tim was catching up with expensive girls.
Mom accused dad of hiding his money from
her. Complete havoc! Within two years, all
of them were in court for nonpayment of income
taxes. "It's the devil's own money,"
Mom said. Both boys had become alcoholics.
They had hoped and prayed for sudden wealth.
All had their prayers answered. All were
wrecked on a dollar sign.
Someone asked John D. Rockefeller, of all
people, "How much wealth does it take
to satisfy a person?" He replied, "Just
a little bit more."
Jack Benny, that comedian who always
the part of a miser, told of the time
was held up. The robber stuck a gun
back and said, "Your money or
After a long pause the robber repeated
threat to which Benny replied, "I'm
thinking, I'm thinking!" Benny
been kidding but the truth of the matter
is this: It really is a matter of your
or your life!
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