8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Madoff Made Off?
Do you remember Bernie Madoff?
A few years back, right after the economy tanked, news came to light that this man was not running as fair a business as many had been led to believe.
Mr. Madoff told investors that he could take their money and grow it very quickly. Some people received exactly that, while with the rest of the money he and his family lived very, very well.
It turned out he had been running his business as a giant Ponzi Scheme, a system in which many people put in money in hopes of a great pay-off, but only a small few benefit from all of that money. When it was all revealed, thousands of people combined lost many billions of dollars.
Today Bernie Madoff sits in a prison cell, and he will be there for the rest of his life. His family has to live with the shame and guilt of what he has done.
Smelling to High Heaven
On the other hand, there are people who struggle to get by from week to week at their jobs.
What is truly amazing is that, while they my grumble about the fairness of the world from time to time, they tend to be rather happy with life. They know they are earning an honest living, and it is their hard work that provides for their loved ones.
One of my favorite quotes from the film Bruce Almighty was said by Morgan Freeman playing God: “Some of the happiest people in the world go home smelling to high heaven at the end of the day.”
Speaking of going to high heaven, Jesus said to those who follow Him:
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29, ESV)
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36, ESV)
We may have very little in this life, but if our life is lived for the sake of Christ we will one day get to have Him! There is nothing better.
Wonderful God, thank You for all You do and have done for us. Help us to live our lives entirely for You, that no matter if we have much or little, we have lived righteously and will one day see You face to face!