Does wealth guarantee happiness?

Issue #028, July 21, 2008

Yep, weal:th. Riches. Mo'ney. Moola. Gold and platinum, stocks and bonds, lotsa loot.

That's what brings true happiness, right? Millions of people are betting their lives on it, because they're spending all their time and energy trying to acquire as much mo'ney as they can. But I've know a few rich people, and several of them were downright miserable.

I think about mo'ney a lot, as I'm sure you do too. Here's why I believe wealt'h can't buy happiness.

July Poem: Only a Whisper Away

Every day is a mystery,
which you must work out.
Your small place in history
full of wonder and doubt.

You load up your sorrows
and walk the unknown,
while He stands in the shadows
saying, "You're not alone."

'Cause He's only a whisper away.
He's waiting as close as a prayer.
His love will embrace you and heal you today.
He's only a whisper away.

If you're brokenhearted
and pain's all you know,
return where you started
a lifetime ago.

He's longing to save you
so patient and true
Just cry out for mercy
and watch what He'll do.

'Cause He's only a whisper away.
He's waiting as close as a prayer.
His love will embrace you and heal you today.
He's only a whisper away.
Yes, He's only a whisper away.

Jack Zavada, 2008


July's quotation comes from American author, philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Although he wrote some weighty volumes, Emerson was short and to the point in this quotation, with which I agree completely. Oh, and you've got to appreciate a guy whose middle name is Waldo.

Money often costs too much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all need to work and we all need to pay our bills, but the real truth is that there's a lot of stuff we can do without, even though advertisers assure us we can't. It's wise to build up an emergency fund. To pay off credit card debt. To carry health care insurance, even if the premiums are obscenely expensive.

Here's a bonus quotation this month from British patriot Oliver Cromwell: "Trust in God but keep your (gun)powder dry."

If you're living too close to the edge financially, this is a wake-up call to consider what would happen if you lost your job, or got sick or injured. God wants you to use the intelligence he gave you, and that includes with your incom'e.

Love is a Click Away

Does God still work miracles?

Today's miracles aren't as dramatic as the parting of the Red Sea or raising Lazarus from the dead, but when God steps into your life and turns an impossible situation around, the results are just as overwhelming.

Stories of Calvary, a new softcover book co-edited by my friend Mary Fairchild, tells some gripping stories of people on the edge and how God grabbed them and pulled them back into his kingdom. If you could use a spiritual boost, this is inspiring stuff. You can read my full review here...

Buying Bible study software?

Mary also recently put together a comprehensive review of several popular Bible study software programs. She compares features, speed, ease of use and prices. And, as you all know, a tightwad like me especially appreciated that there's a neat f'ree software package among them called e-sword.

Before you buy, be sure to read Mary's review of Top 10 Bible Study Software Programs.

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Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA