“…Some say that the ruination of man is …Wine, Women, and Whiskey.  To me…the ruination of man is…MONEY, money, and more money…”

WEALTH:  I love money and all that it provides.  Sickening isn’t it?  That’s what we all are faced with at one time or another.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m no     different than most.  Money is an important commodity.  Try surviving without it.

Actually, I’ve NEVER … really… cared that much about money for the sake of money.  I only cared about it for the sake of needing it … in order to properly support my family.  I mean to say… money has NEVER been indicative of my life-style, or vice-versa.  I’ve been very blessed in that regard… thanks be to God.

I NEVER drove fancy cars, wore overly expensive clothes, owned big boats, and NEVER wasted money on folly’fied vacations.  All of these …‘for-show’, and are not part of my lifestyle.  Many of my friends… seemingly… did care about that type of ‘stuff.’  You know… keeping up with the Jones’s.  Those who did… were in debt, over their heads, to sustain that sort of image…

I’ve always tried to have a nice place for my family to live… well… simply because I wanted a nice house… not to impress anyone…but… to live comfortably.  On the other hand… I’ve been widely accused by many, including people close to me… of caring …only…about money.  Simply…NOT so. 

For me… Money was, and still is… a byproduct… of that which was important to me.  My challenge in the worldly-life was to PROVE that I could do all…. That I set out to do…and, to prove the ‘naysayers’ to be WRONG.  These types of pursuits yield PROFITS… thus money.  That’s what it’s all about in this capitalistic world that we live.

Some say that the ruination of man is …Wine, Women, and Whiskey.  To me…the ruination of man is…MONEY, money, and more MONEY.  If you don’t have enough money…then… you’re going to be living off the government.  Isn’t it said that 48% of the people support the other 52%?

There is nothing in the bible that is ‘anti-money.’  Where the RUB comes in… is:  What is it that we do with our money?  Of course… we live off of it.  But, surely… there is some left for PLEASURE… and other good stuff.  Right?  What are the CHOICES?  God or satan?

Unless we ‘share’ with others… then we are in DEFAULT as to what God wants from us… to LOVE and SHARE with those in NEED.  We are told in Matthew 25:41-43 – Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’…

We are a nation in pursuitIt’s all a distraction from what is more important.  While earthly pursuits are important… realize God is the MOST important.  Matthew 6: 19-21 says: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Remember, also… in Luke 12:17-19, in The Parable of the Rich Fool – So he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have nowhere to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods. Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’…But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’…

…Blessings…as we seek our treasures ‘in heaven.’…cjlb…10/25/2017

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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