Thursday, February 24, 2011

When Selfishness, Pride and Money Divides People

Some people are so miserable, bitter, greedy and so hateful that even their own family members don't come around or like to be around them. That is so sad because eventually they will be completely alone. Bitterness and a harden heart are hard "roots" to cut. I wish they could realize whatever you sow into lives you will reap. It must be sooo exhausting to have such turmoil constantly brewing in your spirit. I see no love in these people other than for themselves.

When families fight over inheritance and they not realize that honestly the money is NOT theirs nor does it "belong" to them? It is a "Gift" from a loved one and not "owed." And the power is only for a short time. Families have been destroyed because of this which again I feel is a result of greed, self centered and entitlement. When I look around it looks to me like so many are only concerned about "what's in it for me" or making sure one person doesn't get more than another or even belittling each other. Really?????

This behavior seems to cross all lines of race, origin, wealthy or poor. I am heard of and seen people that have fought each other over very little money. I have experienced and seen people that like to throw their authority around and boast about who they are.

I am sure this has gone on for centuries. It makes me think...when did we as people get so far off the beaten path. I have watch money divide my own family to where there is no relationship what so ever now over money and perception of a situation. Now those people are gone and it can never be mended. So sad and what a loss for future generations.

It makes me wonder what God himself has said to these people when they came face to face. I am sure he must be so disappointed on many levels. What will he say when you and I get there? Have we made him proud or sickened him by our foolishness and childish behaviors.

Have we honored our friends and family that have passed on by our behavior after they left this world? I wonder what has happened in the past that has made it a realization of all those that are put in nursing homes and forgotten about, mental wards, or living on the streets? Where did it all go wrong with them and their families?

Yes, money "can" be the root of all evil if that is the god you are serving.

In case I haven't said it enough....

I LOVE and am so thankful for my husband, Brandon, Katie, Blake, Whitney, mom, dad, Kevin, Shay, Jennifer, Deanna, Braden, Sheri, David, and my many close friends who are like family to me. I wouldn't want to walk my journey of life without anyone of you.
I am truly blessed.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Proverbs 28:25
 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
Luke 12:15
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Proverbs 17:25
A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
Ephesians 4:30-32
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Psalm 10:3
He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
Proverbs 18:1
An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Philippians 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
James 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.


Anonymous said...

This is so sad. It tends to happen alot though. Many families have to endure it. I believe it is when people take their eye off of Jesus and place their value on the almighty $$$. I also believe that the one that is usually the "pushy" one has low self esteem and no real family connections or relationships. Very sad. I pray this does not happen with my family when I pass. I think I have it pretty well planned out.
I loved all the scripture references.
Karen Sellers

Anonymous said...

You are SOOOO RIGHT!! Thank you for writing this. It has made me stop and think about how I have acted in the past and how I dont want to act in the future. I think during times like we are living in with all the stress and hardships that sometimes our bad attitudes bleed over into our personal lives.
People who are like the ones you have written of, have NO heart. I feel they are unhappy from the tops of their heads to the bottoms of their feet.
Nothing or no one can make them happy and have a peace within.
Extremely sad!
Thank you again. Maybe someone will read this and stop before hurtful words, actions or attitudes come out. Just maybe it will change an out come for just one family. That is if the people involved are willing to change.
Thanks again,
Middleton, OH