Does Money Buy Happiness?

Christina Onassis said, “Happiness is not based on money. And the best proof of that is our family.” A man explained why he bought a new car. “I was faced with the choice of buying a $50 battery for my old car or a new car for $50,000. And they wanted cash for the battery.” Here’s the question . . . can money buy happiness?

The Bible says more about money than just about any other subject. Jesus’ parables were dominated with the theme of money. Interestingly, the Bible does not condemn money. It condemns the love of money. There is nothing wrong with having money so long as your money doesn’t have you.

It is natural to look for happiness where we can find it the easiest. For many of us, that involves money. We are like the drunk who was seen crawling along the ground under a streetlight one night. “What are you looking for?” he was asked.

“I’m looking for my wallet,” he replied.

His friend responded, “Are you sure you lost it here?”

“No,” said the drunk. “I dropped it a half a block away.”

“Then why are you looking for it here?”

“Because there’s no streetlight over there!”

Time Magazine did an interesting survey. They found that people are seeking happiness more than anything else in life. The problem is that we are looking for it in the wrong place.

The Bible says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5).

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