You May be Poor!

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.

 What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.

Who is a poor person? Often we consider a person poor, if he lacks the basic things of life. When we think of poverty, we often think of the faces we see in our TV screens, begging for food, for water, for clothes…we think of the homeless, the jobless, the ones living in war ravaged countries…the “third world” inhabitants. But does having little make you poor?

A wise man once said; “A poor person is not someone who has little…he is the person who wants lots of things he does not have and feel bad about that fact!” A lot of us think we are rich as a result of what we have; the fine house, the cars, the big job, the investments we have and so on. Wealth to us is about our possessions, but is that what wealth truly means? Does having more make you rich? You can have all that and still be miserable you know, yet you can have little and feel the most bliss. Many of us find security in our possessions, but true security is knowing what you can live without! When you realize that one day, all of what you now own can be taken from you, can be lost, and you will be just fine, when you realize that all of your possessions are just vanity upon vanity…a chasing after the winds, and it doesn’t sadden you, and you have no fears, you have found true wealth.

3 thoughts on “You May be Poor!”

  1. I have always struggled monetarily in a world that values it as a mark of success but I have never been happier and more fulfilled than I am at this moment in time and my material wealth has not increased by a single copper. Money and possessions are folly and useless, unless they are used to help others who are struggling in a world that is toxic. So many are miserable in this world because they fall prey to the lie that success and happiness can only be known by acquiring possessions, wealth, and status. Its exactly the opposite. If you cannot find joy, today, in your life then no amount of material gain will bring it.


  2. This is a great blog, i enjoyed reading it very much.

    I have always thought the poverty the bible talks about is not the kind of poverty as we perceive it to be in modern day terms, i think it is a poverty of the heart, of the mind, of the spirit. The kind of poverty that leads us to do nothing for those in our world who are so desperately in need of our help. I have met so many incredible people who have nothing in terms of gold or silver or anything else for that matter to give, but these people fill you and bless you in such a way and have always been so overflowing with the love and peace of God that it just blows me away!!


  3. Great Perspective! Especially in a world that places such high emphasis on monetary gains. The gift of grace through the blood of Jesus Christ is the most precious gift we could ever receive. We’re going to be in heaven much longer than we are here on earth with all of it’s stuff 🙂


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