I’ve been thinking a lot the past while about all the things in life which money cannot buy. I know it’s nice to have money and be able to buy what we need and even quite a bit of what we want … but, as wise people say, it’s important to make sure we haven’t lost the things which money can never buy.
So how about an invitation for this week-end (and especially tomorrow – the Sabbath). Alone or with your family or friends, make a list of that which is precious to you in your life which money cannot buy. I’ve begun doing this (yep… I got a head start), and I’ve increasingly felt that the things money cannot buy are ours to keep and have an even greater value than we realize.
In no particular order, my list includes things like peace of soul, happiness and joy, hope, faith, humility, compassion, patience, the beauties of nature, sweet memories, a sense of direction, prayer, charity, friendship, gifts of the Spirit – the gift of the Holy Ghost, time, an understanding of the importance of work, abundance, a desire to do good and be good – to try a little harder to be a little better, the Sacrament, optimism, service, a heightened sense of right and wrong, surprise blessings, a love of scripture, gratitude, trust, family, an appreciation of the simple things in life, mornings, dreams, waves, good humor, the Sabbath, naps, someone to listen, forgiveness, hugs, sunrises and sunsets (I saw a poster once which said “Good news! Sunsets are free!”), storms, stars, things to look forward to, music, green days (clean air), a good night’s rest, reaching a goal, the love of little children, reading, belonging, being a happifier, curiosity . . . .
I know and you know that I could keep going. I’m glad I didn’t try to put things in order – I’d never have been finished with this post! I know you’ll think of LOTS of things which I haven’t listed. Mostly I just hope we all have a chance to think of blessings which don’t have anything to with money, with cost, with whether we’re rich or poor (it’s all pretty relative, isn’t it). Money can’t buy happiness … but I saw a sign once which said “Those who say that money can’t buy happiness just don’t know where to shop.” Ha Ha. Think, though, of stories you’ve heard or read about people who have won a lottery (or something similar), and how their lives changed in negative – sometimes tragic – ways. Or how the love of money has ruined someone. (But also think of those who are generous in sharing and helping!) OK! I HAVE TO STOP! I know I get carried away… Once I get going on an idea I can’t seem to finish (in case you hadn’t noticed).
In closing: Consider/ponder the many powerful truths taught in these few verses of scripture: 1 TIMOTHY 6:6-12
6 ¶ But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.