I was thumbing through the channels on the telly this morning, something I seldom do because it's usually iCarly, Spongebob, or the Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon, or some show about 18 kids, Little People, or something like that one The Learning Channel. I don't watch much, in other words, unless it's with the boys.
The channel was MTV, for those born after 1980, this was a channel that showed music videos in the early 1980's and started teen-oriented shows, such as the Real World, Pimp My Ride (an occasional guilty pleasure of mine) and this other show called Teen Cribs. The first episode of TC seemed inoffensive enough. After all, there were two teens, a brother and a sister who seemed to pour praise on their mom and dad. However, they had a kitchen/family room that could have been over 1500 square feet, richly appointed (no pun intended) a house and grounds that could have easily housed 30 or 40 people.
The boy had a 2007 Chevy Avalanche (A pickup/sport utility vehicle) and the girl a Nissan Pathfinder, also fairly new. They had a golf course of sorts, at least 3 swimming pools to choose from with a cave in one of them. The next installment I didn't watch too much of because the first scene was a girl, probably 15 to 16 years young, in a string bikini by the pool (click).
Needless to say, from any worldly standard, these kids have it made. However, this is because their parents have been doing what they do in the pursuit of wealth. I never heard what their parents did and I don't begrudge anyone financial reward in this life. Anyone I know that lives in a 20th of what these people do has had to work really hard for it, so I do not propone class warfare and feel this is wrong. The Lord commands us not to covet others' goods, wife, cars, etc, so I can't write this out of envy.
What I am trying to point out is that these people were to die, (God forbid, before they get right with Him), all this stuff stays right here. It happened to the Marshall family fortune earlier this decade. At least two people have died trying obtain this massive amount of money, in the hundreds of millions. Anna Nicole Smith and Pierce Marshall, both contestants in this struggle, have died with nothing to show for it, but the battle rages on and probably will for the foreseeable future.
Right now, I am unemployed and completely dependent on our Heavenly Father. No, we don't live extravagantly, but we live well. We have food, clothes and comfortable place to sleep for us and our boys. We have decently-running, late model cars to drive. Considering what Jesus had to His name while He was here (And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Luke 9:58) we are very well off. He has blessed us immensely and I am very thankful for what He has entrusted to us.