How rich am I?

Many a time have I wondered what I would do if I had to win the lottery. Not that I play or take part... Would I spend it all, would I imvest, would I start a charity? I do not know yet, but then again, guess I won't have that problem until I play!


The bigger question is if the money you make you truely rich? Most people do not have enough money, even though in SA there is a great devide between rich and poor. How does it happen that we consider ourselves as 'not rich' when we form part of the top 10% income earners? Makes no sense...


Money can't buy happiness is the old saying, but if money does not make me rich, what does? I've heard someone saying that the things that makes us rich are those that we cannot buy with money: friends, family, love, respect, a smile, etc.


There is a song sung by Lukas Maree, an afrikaans artist that passed away not long ago. He sings about the widdow that had to fill clay pots with oil. As she kept pouring, more and more oil came out of her small pot. Read the story in 1 Kings 17:

11 As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."


12 "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die."


13 Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.'"


15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.


See, it is quite simple: the more you are willing to give, the more you will receive. Not to enrich yourself, bur for the glory of God. And as Lukas Maree says: For it is the things we give away that makes us rich...