Back in the day, I spent some time as an encyclopedia sales rep, going to private homes by appointment and presenting the product. I will never forget two homes that I went to one evening.
One was the size of a mansion in a very elite part of town. Another was a small house of humble means in a less desirable part of town. In both homes, I presented my sales pitch, hoping to make a sale. The family in the elite part of town did not purchase a set of encyclopedias. The family in the less desirable part of town proudly purchased a set of encyclopedias. The two homes were very different by financial and educational accomplishments.
Obviously, money flowed in the mansion and educational accomplishments were obvious. In this home, there was a feeling of “coldness”, a sense of disconnection in the family. In the small house, which had “dirt” floors, there was little evidence of money or education. In this home, there was a feeling of “warmth and love”, the family appeared close to one another.
In the mansion, lived a rich man. In the small house with dirt floors, lived a poor man. It is okay to be a rich man living in a mansion. It is okay to be a poor man living in a house with “dirt” floors. All too often, success is measured by the amount of money and/or education one has. All too often, many people consider themselves a failure because of their lack money and/or education.
Money, or the lack of it, is not the source of happiness or success. Education, or the lack of it, is not the source of wisdom. Money or education, or the lack of either one, is not the source of love. We can choose to be as happy as we want to be. We are successful, whether rich or poor, if we choose not to quit. We can choose to love or not love. Wisdom is defined by our choices.
For God loved us so much that He let His Son die in our place and whoever chooses to believe in His Son will have eternal life.