After I read this, I thought about all the dinners I have been invited to with people who were much more 'well to do' than myself. I was so uncomfortable and most of the people who were there seemed so unhappy. Talking bad about the person next to them and the looks of bitterness on their faces just astounded me! They never had to worry about paying the electric bill or keeping the grocery bill down to $100.00 or less. They drove fine cars and lived in fine houses. They wore nice clothes and seemed to have every material pleasure a person could obtain. I mean, I love to cook and do you KNOW what I would give to have a huge kitchen I could spend all my time in with an unlimited food budget?!
Then I thought about people like myself I had eaten simple meals with. The food was awesome, the people were wonderful and we all kicked back and enjoyed stories about the antics of our families. None of us had a lot of money and most of us had read every book ever published on budgeting and couponing! We kept our older cars in good repair because that is how we got to work, and we all wore blue jeans and sweatshirts...unless it was a fancy shindig and then we wore our 'good jeans' and a dress shirt. I was so much more comfortable with those people! Birds of a feather, right?
Now, I know that there are those who have a lot of money and surround themselves with nice things who love the Lord, but the Bible says that it will be hard for the rich people to get to Heaven. Matthew 19:24 puts it like this: