10 Things I’ve Learned #3

If you are reading this and your name happens to be Jones, don’t take it personally.   I’m not talking about you.

I’m talking about the “Keep up with the Joneses” attitude that is prevalent in American society.

I don’t like Mr. Jones.

I don’t like someone who encourages people to be dissatisfied with “where they are.”

I don’t like someone who encourages compliance and wants us all to be like him.   “You haven’t arrived until you own one of these.”   “You won’t be happy until you go to Disney for your daughter’s 5th birthday.”

I don’t like anyone who makes you feel like you should spend more time working on your lawn – instead of playing on your lawn with your kids.

I don’t like anyone who makes you feel like you should spend more time at the office or the shop.

So why don’t I like Mr. Jones?

Because I firmly believe the following;

  • Jesus would not want us to be like Mr. Jones.   Jesus doesn’t have a problem with money.   He doesn’t say, “Money is the root of all evil.”   No, Jesus says,  “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
  • My time in the banking world taught me that all economic levels, all income levels have concerns about money,   So there is no such thing as “enough.”
  • For every person or family in the United States that you could point to who has “more” than you do, I can tell you stories and show pictures of people and families who have less than you do.
  • If we are obsessed by the accumulation of things then we are not focusing on helping and serving others and we aren’t focusing on what God would want us to be focused on – loving him.

Am I saying that you shouldn’t make a lot of money?   Absolutely not.    But what I am saying is that the mentality that comes with a LOT of money – the keeping up with Mr. Jones can be very distracting and damaging to our walk with Christ.

So be careful about Mr. Jones.   He’s a tricky one.

Until tomorrow……

TJV