When I was a freshman in high school I ran for nearly every student elected office. I mostly lost. I eventually won. About the same time I competed in nearly a dozen beauty pageants before I was crowned. Each time I heard my name as 1st runner up to someone else's crown I felt deflated. During this time of my life I felt like the most unlucky individual in the universe. The woman of "almost."
Three and a half decades later, a crown of sprinkled gray hair and self-selected president of my own company, I have this to say. It ain't that serious.
Cancer, serious, Ebola, serious, death, serious, poverty, serious, mental illness, se rious, hunger, serious, sickness with our parents, children or loved ones ...all serious.
iPhone 6, first class cabins, pent house suites, Chanel handbags, Cartier watches, not so serious. And not one extends life by a single day.
Not to be misunderstood, I believe intently in prosperity in balance. I believe our resources are gifts from God. I believe as strongly we are to be good stewards of these gifts. That means being humble and gracious, and thankful, and giving.
It means being very serious about not becoming overly serious about them.
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).
In essence, I believe it comes down to being thankful. Thankful for whatever it is we have. To continue to look out for one another here on earth. To be about the seriousness of our hearts over material matters.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17