"...A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything but not enough to do nothing." -Warren Buffett
I heard this quote and I thought about my kids (of course) and I thought I would like to do that for them. Not that I will actually have money left to give them, since they seem to be eating it up (literally, eating it up!) Every time I go to Sam’s Club some one asks me if I have a restaurant because no one family could possibly be eating this much food.
But, in other ways, I am trying to give them enough to do something. I drive my 10 year old to jobs where I spend more in my time and gas then he makes, just so that he can “work” for it. My husband has spent more time and money helping fix junky old lawn mowers for "the big boys" to have a landscaping business, than the mowers are actually worth. In that sense, we are trying to give them “enough to do something” when really it would be so much easier to give them $20 bucks.
After a few days, I was still kicking this quote around and I started to think about my very rich Father, my heavenly Father, and what I have been given- soooo much! So much freedom, so much wealth, so much ease. Like most of the people living around me in this day and age in suburban America, I have been given so much I don’t even realize it. I have been given so much that I am doing nothing. I am one of those spoiled kids.
There is a show on TV. called Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills- I watched it once. Admittedly, I watch a lot of trashy realty TV, and would love for someone to embarass me or convict me so I will stop. That show was too much for even me! They literally were so spoiled I could not watch.
I wonder if my Father feels the same way about me? When He sees all He has blessed me with and I do nothing?
"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" 1 John 3:17
If I had less would i do more? Would i think of my self less and see my brothers need? Would I pray more, trust more, rely more, see God more closely in my every day life?