A discerning son heeds instruction,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
Someone said that there are three ways to obtain a fortune. Earning it through hard work, receiving it as an inheritance and finally stealing it. There are those who cynically said that nearly all fortunes have been made the last two ways and rarely we know of any that has been obtained legitimately and by self-effort. We will not go into details but for the sake of conciseness let us say that the vast majority of personal wealth is obtained through inheritance. Therefore, many people who have large accumulations of money in their bank accounts and possess many properties can do so because their parents or grandparents worked hard to create such a fortune that now they, their children are enjoying. If the children squander what their parents had to work so hard to get, the waste becomes a way to dishonor their parents. Even if we have not received a fortune from them, our parents worked hard so that we might live more comfortably now than they ever did. They also fed us, clothed us and helped us get an education.
Let us manage our finances with wisdom and prudence. Whether the goods we possess were obtained through an inheritance or have been obtained from our work, that capital one day will be for those who survive us, if the Lord does not return before. Let us be good stewards of our Lord and God Jesus Christ who is the only one who really has allowed us to have something to support us and also to leave our descendants, whether treasures or an education. To God alone be the glory!
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
No good can come out of pride. In fact, one of the most undignified attitudes is arrogance and when it adds contempt for others it becomes unbearable. The problem with pride is that with it there is no going back. Proud people feel more proud every day that passes and they are unable to accept that given the circumstances, they might have to perform at a level lower than what has already been achieved. Imagine a Major League baseball player transfer down to the amateur leagues. Try to imagine a first division soccer player that is transferred down to a second or third division team. Can you imagine a director of a successful large company that now has to work as a middle manager in a small business? Or a pastor of a 5000 member church that now has to lead a congregation of just 100 believers? Our concept of success is closely linked with numbers and the dimensions and the importance attached to them. How do you think Moses was able to adapt to the life of a lowly shepherd in the desert after having lived a life of luxury and pleasure in Pharaoh’s palace? The word of God gives us the answer when it says: “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.”
But the best example of humility was shown to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Let us maintain ourselves as far as we can from the pernicious pride that leaves us no good and, by contrast, is capable of causing much damage. Let us move forward with our sight on Christ and his exemplary attitude. To God alone be the glory!
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