The Happiest Billionaires

50-billion-dollar-note-zimbabweDid I tell you that Alan and I made a small investment while we were in Zimbabwe and are now worth fifty billion dollars in Zimbabwean currency? Here’s the note to prove it. What do you think of that?  🙂 fred-macmurray-in-the-happiest-millionaireIt made me think of the old 1967 Disney classic our kids loved so well,
The Happiest Millionairethe-happiest-millionairestarring an eccentric collection of totally lovable souls who lived in a mansion,
held the “Biddle Bible Class,” happiest-millionaire-alligatorskept alligators for pets, tommysteeleand had a happy-go-lucky Irish butler. 6116-happiest_2d00_4So, I’m wondering, should Alan and I invest our currency
in a mansion and some pet alligators?

10-million-dollar-note-from-zimbabweMaybe we should start giving away some of our currency? We also have a ten million dollar bill. What would you do if you had ten million dollars? Fun to think about for a minute, isn’t it?

Well, now I’d better fess up to a more complete disclosure. I invested two dollars of U.S. currency in exchange for those two bills, because the Bank of Zimbabwe is defunct, and their money is now worthless (except as souvenirs). They don’t print their own currency at this time and use U.S. dollars instead.

As the new year begins, I’ve been thinking about how awesome it sounds to be a billionaire, but how different the reality might be if a person is rich but fails to be a good steward of his wealth. Being rich in this world would be fun for a time, but when we die, we’ll discover that our “currency” has become defunct and is absolutely worthless in the economy of heaven. God calls us to be rich in good works and generous toward those in need.  Those who are truly rich are those who have learned to love and share. Let’s store up true riches!

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

 

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