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Material Wealth Creates False Happiness

 
ParadigmShift
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Good Afternoon,

I would to thank everyone that commented on my previous post,

Thread: Identifying Your Gifts Which Bring Glory to God

Thank you very much, the words from members of this community were very encouraging.

For all my adult life I have lived as a spoiled child, and have put much energy into pursing false sources of happiness. If I only knew then what I know now.

Material Wealth Brings False Happiness
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My brothers and sisters,

What I would like to share with everyone today is my own personal story. I would like to say it is one of growth and triumph. A story of great loss with tremendous rewards. My love story with God began just a few months ago, when my world changed completely. Yesterday, I spoke of recognizing the Gifts that God gives all of us. Today I would like to share my failures which brought the greatest reward. There is only one source for all the things that truly make us feel loved and make us feel happy. That source is from the Father alone.

My entire adult life I pursued everything that I thought would make me happy. I measured myself as a man and provider by the 'things' that I accumulated. I have always lived in an over sized house, driven German or English cars, wore the finest timepieces that my money could buy, smoked premium cigars, and delighted my lips with the best bourbon and cognac. Everytime I purchased something new, once the novelty wore off, I immediately began to search for something else. No longer then my new Panerai watch had arrived, was I picking out another watch to crown my wrist. I know now why I always wanted more. They were not the true source of happiness.

I was that guy who drove the Range Rover from the suburbs into the city,mocking the less fortunate the whole way, to pull up into one of the city's finest restaurant, drop $145 for a glass of King Louis XIII, and feast on the best aged beef I could find. Did I once contribute to charity?

In the spring of 2011 my wife and I moved into the house of our dreams. A large plantation style house built in 1910, built by a banker, and owned by only bankers. It stood on a hill, had a nice second story balcony. The wood work was phenomenal. Every single board cut quarter sawn from the last old growth red oak trees from the Missouri Ozarks. Six bedrooms, two staircases to the second story. At night I often put my robe on and went to the balcony, praised myself, and looked down from my hill, and laughed at the unfortunate below me. Yeah I was a king in my own mind. Was I happy?

I loathed my wife, and my children, well lets just say they were an inconvenience for lack of better words. IIn December my life changed forever, and guess what it was the best change ever.

I currently live in a two bedroom house, one fifth the size of my former house. I don't even have a shower, last time I took a bath prior to moving in 1998. I once had six acres of peace and quite, now in between two houses, right off the busiest road in town. I don't have a dishwasher, beverage fridge, jacuzzi, or wine cellar. Everything I once stood for has been removed. Most people would be angry and hate their spouse, and life for that matter.

What is different? Today I have God, the only true source of love and happiness. The initial thought of taking a bath daily pissed me off, but now I spend my bath time giving Him thanks for fresh water. Bathes allow me to slow the pace of my life down, relax, and reflect on all the wonderful blessings I have. My house is just what I need. Keeps me warm and dry. it gets quite hectic when my kids are here, but God in all His infinite wisdom is teaching me another lesson. Patience. Before I could hide from my kids when they annoyed me, now I enjoy every single moment they are here. Well most every moment.

Everything I once enjoyed has been removed, everything which represented me has been removed, and I am a million times happier today then I ever was. All my life I pursued empty promises of happiness, when I should of pursued the only time tested true source, God.

Last Edited by ParadigmShift on 02/14/2013 03:31 PM
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
ParadigmShift (OP)
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Would anyone else like to share a similar story. We are here for one another. To inspire one another. To love one another. Anyone?
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
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I was just checking out your thread after reading some of your comments on another thread. I admire your realness and honesty.
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I was just checking out your thread after reading some of your comments on another thread. I admire your realness and honesty.
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Your welcome. Thank you for stopping by
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
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I would personally say it can create false happiness. People are on different planes spiritually...i know people who are very wealthy but are miserable...and i know people who are very wealthy and are happy and rich in soul as any.
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I would personally say it can create false happiness. People are on different planes spiritually...i know people who are very wealthy but are miserable...and i know people who are very wealthy and are happy and rich in soul as any.
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Sorry for double post...
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I would personally say it can create false happiness. People are on different planes spiritually...i know people who are very wealthy but are miserable...and i know people who are very wealthy and are happy and rich in soul as any.
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Thank you for your post. Your statement is accurate. Within my social circle, at that time, I would say more then 3/4 were miserable.
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
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Don't talk down to people who don't have money. They won't understand what you mean for one. And plus the fact that there is obviously a big difference in comfort level between poverty and wealthy. I do know what you're saying because I use to be wealthy at one time. But now that I'm not anymore I realized we're not primitive cave men anymore for good reason.
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Don't talk down to people who don't have money. They won't understand what you mean for one. And plus the fact that there is obviously a big difference in comfort level between poverty and wealthy. I do know what you're saying because I use to be wealthy at one time. But now that I'm not anymore I realized we're not primitive cave men anymore for good reason.
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I am completely different now then I was then. I made a lot of mistakes, hurt a lot of people, and I learned just how bankrupt I was spiritually. I am not proud of the way I treated anyone, the man I once was disgust me. Only by God's grace and love, I can stand in front of a mirror and like the reflection I see.

I will say into experience I was a 'cave man'. The more I had the less I cared for others.

Last Edited by ParadigmShift on 02/20/2013 08:40 AM
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
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However:

Material wealth is not mutually exclusive with types of wealth that create true happiness.
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However:

Material wealth is not mutually exclusive with types of wealth that create true happiness.
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Greatest wealth IMO comes from sources other then material things. Completely agree with your statement. Thank you
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
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Did your wife leave you after she figured out you loathed her and the children so much?

How did you lose all your money?
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Did your wife leave you after she figured out you loathed her and the children so much?

How did you lose all your money?
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Hello

Thank you for your questions.

My wife left me because all my sins had finally caught up to me. I didn't lose all my money, I take care of my children with very generous child support. All the material things that defined my happiness, those things I once worshipped, have absolutely no value to me now. I still live comfortably, and there is not one single day that goes by that I do not offer God thanks.

I start my day with thank you, and I end it that way as well. I give Him more time then I give myself, that is to say, all the time I spent worshipping myself, I spend worshipping Him and His Son now. It has been the hardest lesson, but I have grown the most because of it.

God Bless

Last Edited by ParadigmShift on 02/23/2013 08:54 AM
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
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Your story is my story.Now that we took the fall,JESUS is going to give us the walk thats in line with the talk. [link to www.youtube.com] hf
There go I except for the grace of God.
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When we finally walk the talk,we discover who we were truely meant to be. [link to www.youtube.com] hf
There go I except for the grace of God.
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Thank you for both of the video links McGuyver

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But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.

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