Richie RICH? We all remember the TV show from the mid 90’s. A comedy about a little rich kid. What is being RICH anyway? RICH…that’s just a word. What does it take to be RICH? It used to be… the word “millionaire” was synonymous with being rich….and, true too … maybe 25-50 years ago.
Today, being RICH… would be defined (by me) as someone who can go anywhere, buy anything, do anything…at any time, without regard to the economy, or any other earthly being, or situation.
I believe… for one to be ‘really rich’ …he should have available… within 48-hours’ notice… about 10 million in “cash” and capable of raising another 10 million (without borrowing it) within another 10 days; and also have, at minimum… a net worth of $100 million, AND to be debt free. Now… that’s RICH.
Given that… who can we name as being… really rich? Not many…I know a few, less than ten, personally. As for millionaires…. they’re a dime a dozen. And, the reason is…one million is not very much. Many people live in million dollar houses; but can’t raise ten-thousand in cash. Here is my philosophy on rich-ness. If one is focusing “only” on being rich….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, the journey to rich-ness, and the conclusion….and, most of all, will the results be pleasing to God, my family, and to mankind?” If we’re properly focused…then becoming rich….will come our way… if being rich is really…. that important.
To me… Richness is a frame of mind. I am what I want to be. I am the master of my frame of mind. 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. Then…NoBama…he’s been doing the same thing (but… on our money)… while he’s not rich…he’s powerful. He came into office worth about 2 million, and now… when he leaves office, he’ll be worth about 10 million. And, in a couple of years… he’ll be worth 100 million. Now… he’s beginning to taste… being RICH.
Similar situation for the Clintons… except Clinton came into office worth about 350 thousand… and is now worth about $250 million… accumulated mostly…. from others. George Bush(s), well… they made their millions early on. As for Trump… well, eh…he’s Trump.
We can best judge the rich by what they do WITH their money. Example: Gore? Kerry? Romney? Clinton? Pelosi (check out where she got her $$)? Bush? Look each one up and see how much they gave to charity. Clinton gives plenty to charity…but it’s ALWAYS …someone else’s money…not his. But, I think, the Clinton Charity Foundation… is about to run dry.
We are reminded in Matthew 6:19-21 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Then, in 1 Timothy 6:10 … we are told… For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Now, there are some…who have plenty of money… but no CHARACTER. Money does not buy Character. But, guess what… LOVE of your fellow-man, not money… 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. Being RICH…well, eh… it requires CASH.
Remember this… This country will NEVER return to its GREATNESS….without the RICH greasing the wheels.
….Blessings to all…including the RICH …cjlb…7/12/2017