Financial guru, Dave Ramsey, says, “There’s nothing wrong with making money or with spending it on some cool stuff for yourself.”
But he adds, “If you eat enough lobster, it starts to taste like soap. Having stuff will never satisfy you.”
We know he’s right, right? We have all experienced that titillating rush after a new purchase — a piece of furniture, an outfit. But how quickly that rush dissipates.. The furniture collects dust; the outfit goes out of style.
It’s all about balance. Ramsey reminds us that the Bible is often misquoted to say that “Money is the root of all evil.” What it actually says is, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”
In and of itself, money or that new outfit is amoral. Neither good or bad. (That said, have you tried Stitch Fix??) It’s when the pursuit of money and the accumulation of stuff becomes our paramount focus, that we are destined for unhappiness. Stuff does not satisfy and money is never enough. Our lobster tastes like soap.
Ramsey says that the goal of attaining wealth is so we can be generous. And he’s right. Sure, opening that Stitch Fix box is fun, but it can’t begin to compete with anonymous giving, or reaching out to a sick friend, extending a sincere compliment, or writing a note of encouragement.
That is the currency of heaven. Lobster dipped in butter.
– Generosity is your lobster!
-Having said that, check out Stitch Fix!
And enjoy the ride!
xox Barclay and Joy