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Written by Mike Roby

“When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.” Proverbs 11:10 That scripture is true because the righteous of any society shares with their city or village as they prosper rather than hoarding.

Mike plays with the Morgan-Briar Bluegrass Band at last year’s “Evening with Patsy Cline featuring Kellye Cash Shepherd.”

One particular scene of the 2006 comedy, Talladega Nights-The Ballad of Ricky Bobby– was hilarious but sadly realistic. The camera panned on NASCAR Champion Ricky Bobby’s home before his famous Grace. The driveway is full of cars, boats, Hummers etc.As a person who works in fundraising for struggling non-profits I immediately saw what the movie was depicting….Gross Excess. I thought of Solomon’s observation in Eccl. 5:13 “I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners.” At some point I believe we are all guilty of over-indulgence, selfishness, rather than sharing.

I know people who have little but like the widow in the Bible give sacrificially and are full of joy and contentment. I also know successful wealthy people who bless others and find great joy in supporting their church, local non-profits and individuals in need. Without question they live the most fulfilled lives that Solomon also mentioned as he concluded his pondering of life:

Eccl. 5:18 “This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

So live, love and be blessed. There should be no guilt for success and prosperity. True fulfillment comes when one takes it to the next level of giving to others. You can take it with you. “Whoever gives a cup of water in my name will not go without his reward.” The only thing we can take to heaven is what we give away on earth. If you are like me, I have more than I can store.