My wife got a flu shot today. While she was waiting, she put on her headphones and proceeded to look around at those sitting in the waiting room with her. Apparently people watching in Walgreens to the tune of “The Art of Uff” set her mind to a-ponderin’.
As magnanimous as most of us like to believe we’d be if we suddenly became wealthy, how good would we really be? Leah said that when it really comes down to it, she would have to actively exert effort into not letting it go to her head. There’s an air of superiority that comes with having money, and she wasn’t confident that it wouldn’t turn her into a bitch. (Her words, I’m allowed to say that.)
Because of this, is it possible that God knows that and has acted accordingly? Has God deliberately stopped us from being wealthy to protect my lovely wife (or those around her) and keep her on the path of who God wants her to be? The moment she asked that question out loud, she asked another that really got to the root of things:
We believe that bad things just happen… We don’t blame God when something goes wrong… So why do we give him credit when something goes right? Why do we call ourselves “blessed” when things are going well, but when things are going poorly, we rarely think of ourselves as “cursed”?
If God doesn’t control the bad, does he outright control all the good?
Maybe there are wealthy people that God would rather see living paycheck to paycheck. I know living a scarce lifestyle has helped me to appreciate it when the black number is bigger than the red one… I find it hard to believe that there aren’t people whose souls could benefit from a little scrimping. All of that being said, how much (or little) of it is God’s active hand and how much is our own doing? Or dumb luck (good and bad)? Leah and I discussed tonight how different our lives could be had we made different choices. We tend to think we make mostly decent choices, but we also know they could be better; especially in regards to money.
I’m aware that our current situation is solely on us, but is that because it’s not spectacular? If we were riding high on the hog would it be pious to make that same statement?