The coffee was fresh, but the faces still looked tired. This college faculty meeting was crawling along, until an angel appeared. He pointed to the Dean and said, “In return for your unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord wants to reward you with your choice of incredible wealth, unmatched beauty, or infinite wisdom.”The Dean glanced at his colleagues and with an air of scholastic pride said: “Give me wisdom!” "Done!" the angel said as he disappeared in a bolt of lightning.
All heads turned toward the Dean who was now surrounded by a faint halo of light. His colleagues were stunned. Absolutely speechless! After a few minutes of complete silence, one of the faculty members whispered, "Say something!" The Dean looked at them, paused, and said: "I should have taken the money."
Do you ever feel like the Dean? If I just had a little more money … life would be easier, less hectic, and more enjoyable! Maybe—but probably not!
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived; he was also one of the wealthiest. The book of Ecclesiastes is the chronicle of his mid-life crisis, a pedal-to-the-metal, throw caution-to-the-wind pursuit of the good life. When Solomon finished the chase, he filed this report:
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 ESV)
If you’re not sure Solomon knows what he’s talking about, just go to your favorite online source for news. You’ll find superstar athletes dissatisfied with multi-million dollar contracts and rich and famous celebrities who look and act extremely unhappy.
Another dollar in our pocket will not guarantee happiness. Wisdom, on the other hand, keeps paying amazing dividends. Click here to find some of them. The dean had it right the first time: “Give me wisdom!”
STAY FOCUSED TODAY:Why not take some time to pray and ask God for the wisdom to recognize true happiness and pursue it.
Betsy Devine and Joel Cohen,
Absolute Zero Gravity