Monday, March 2, 2009

Fulfilling Fantasies

Proverbs 28:19
He who works his land will have abundant food,
but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

Have you ever had a friend that was always switching from one gig to the next? Each time you bump into them, they are soooo excited about their “new career” in the newest pyramid scam or get rich quick scheme . . . I mean “opportunity.” And you know what usually comes next, right? . . .

“You can make some real money if you join my team,” because “there’s a guy making millions doing this!”

My questions generally are, “Who is this guy?,” “Where is he right now?,” and “How much have YOU actually made?!”

We’ve all been sold on this type of stuff at one time or another. From cosmetics to jungle juices from halfway across the globe, at some point we have nurtured some random business we know or care nothing about, all in hopes of fulfilling our fantasies. That’s why the cover of these clever multi-level marketing programs, boast fancy cars, magnificent mansions and white sand beaches – all tools to trigger fantasy.

Proverbs, however, instructs us to work our own land in order find prosperity. Each one of us has been blessed with amazingly unique talents and gifts, which if nurtured, would most likely give us the success in life we search for. But, chasing after success by means of a pyramid scam or get rich quick scheme, almost certainly leads to poverty. Why? Because the fantasy wears off quickly and then the reality sets in. If you’re not invested in anything that truly promotes your talents, just chasing the dollar will sicken you after awhile!

I’m not saying that there are not people who have acquired a great deal of money participating in these types of organizations. I can only speak for myself and those around me. We all spent a bunch of money getting into something that we rarely if ever recouped our initial investment from. I say let’s just invest some time into what God gave us freely, instead of chasing the fantasies of “the guy that made all the millions.” After all, he did make his millions from our sign up fees!
Seek Wisdom, Find Wealth & Use Your Talents!

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