FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil,

and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith

and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Tim 6:10

Getting paid. Living large. “Handlin my bidness.” Taking care of me and mine.These are all terms of endearment regarding the acquisition of money. That Almighty Dollar. Many people, including myself, have lost quality years of their lives chasing that dollar, only to realize that same dollar had actually been hunting us. Causing us to miss precious opportunities to spend intimate time with our love ones and to smell the roses.

I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said "Life is a journey, not a destination." Though I disagree with his philosophy of transcendentalism and self-reliance outside of God's providence, there is some truth expressed in this quote. Life is indeed a journey, but the pursuit of money is preventing many from enjoying the ride.

In 1973 The O'Jays, the world-renowned Philadelphia soul group recorded the smash soul/funk hit "For the Love of Money." Check out the lyrics:

Money money money money, money

Some people got to have it

Some people really need it

Listen to me y'all, do things, do things, do bad things with it

You wanna do things, do things, do things, good things with it

Talk about cash money, money

Talk about cash money- dollar bills, yall

For the love of money

People will steal from their mother

For the love of money

People will rob their own brother

For the love of money

People can't even walk the street

Because they never know who in the world they're gonna beat

For that lean, mean, mean green

Almighty dollar, money

For the love of money

People will lie, Lord, they will cheat

For the love of money

People don't care who they hurt or beat

For the love of money

A woman will sell her precious body

For a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight

Call it lean, mean, mean green

Almighty dollar

I know money is the root of all evil

Do funny things to some people

Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime

Money can drive some people out of their minds

Got to have it, I really need it

How many things have I heard you say

Some people really need it

How many things have I heard you say

Got to have it, I really need it

How many things have I heard you say

Lay down, lay down, a woman will lay down

For the love of money

All for the love of money

Don't let, don't let, don't let money rule you

For the love of money

Money can change people sometimes

Don't let, don't let, don't let money fool you

Money can fool people sometimes

People! Don't let money, don't let money change you,

it will keep on changing, changing up your mind.

And my God will supply all your needs

according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Phillippians 4:19

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