RICH? Exactly… what is RICH? RICH… well, more and more….it’s just a word. It used to be that the word “millionaire” was equitable to being rich….and that would be true…maybe 40-50 years ago. But today…. RICH would be defined (by me) to be someone who can go ANYWHERE, buy ANYTHINK, at ANY-TIME… without regard to the economy, or any other earthly being, or situation (within reason). Now, with that said, who would you consider, now…To be rich?
I believe that, for one to be rich, in terms of material wealth…. one should have available within 48 hours-notice, about 10 million in CASH, and be capable of raising another 10 million (without borrowing it) in the next 15-30 days; and also have, at minimum, a net worth of $100 million, AND to be debt free. That is only 20% of their NETWORTH. So, who can we name that is really rich? Not many…I know a few, less than 10. As for millionaires…. they’re a dime a dozen. The reason is…one million is not very much. There are many people live in million dollar houses; but can’t raise 10-thousand in cash, even within 30 days. I know… I know… rich is a matter perspective… for those that don’t have one-million dollars… then a million-dollars is a lot of money… in fact… it’s a million-dollars. I understand all of that. I’m only saying… one million, or even 10-million… it’s just not that much money… anymore.
Here is my philosophy on rich-ness. If one is focusing “only” on being rich (material wealth) ….he/she will have a very up-hill battle….like pushing a chain up hill. Being rich is only the means to an end. I’d rather focus on “the deal,” ….the challenge, the commitment, the team (if any), the effect on the greater good, the complexity, the competition, and the conclusion….and, most of all…. will the results be pleasing to God, my family, and to mankind? By focusing on those sorts of things…then becoming rich….will come your way.
Also… to me… Richness is a frame of mind. I am what I want to be; I am the master of my frame of mind, and along with the Grace of God…my FUTURE. Think for a moment: John Kerry (because of his wife) is RICH. He can say anything, do anything, be anything; buy anything….rich is rich. Now oBama…he can do the same thing, because, while he’s not particularly rich…he’s powerful. POWER is RICH! He came into office worth about 2 million, and now, while in office, is worth about 15 million, and when he leaves office, he’ll be, probably, worth about 25 million. Same thing happened to Clinton, and Clinton, except Clinton came into office worth about $700-thousand. Today, it is reported that “The Clinton’s” are worth over $55 million… more than any other former president in the 20th century. JFK and The Bush(s), well… they had theirs going into office.
Think about this… One way you can judge the “character of the RICH,” is by what they do WITH their money. Example: Gore? Kerry? Romney? Clinton? Obama? Pelosi? Bush? Look each one up and see how much they give to charity. Some people…have plenty of money, but no CHARACTER. Others… plenty of character…. and no money. And yet, others… who give plenty to charity, and have plenty of character… and little money left-over. Money does not buy Character… but LOVE of your fellow-man will enhance one’s character. BTW…most millionaires are “paper-rich,” and couldn’t raise one million in cash if their life depended on it. Also, this country will NEVER return to its greatness….without the RICH greasing the wheels. We NEED the RICH!
This is just several verses of what the Bible has to say about RICHES: 1Timothy 6:17 – Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Psalms 112:1-3 – Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 – “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. …Blessings to all….even the RICH…cjlb.8/25/15.