A while ago, one of my fellow bloggers David Snape(great first name and blogger) asked the big question to all, “Would you rather be where you are now or be a billionaire?”. I think every post college person, if not every person in general has a desire to be extremely wealthy. I answered ‘yes’.
First, I would like to be able to say that I earned that money the right way. I do not wish to inherit millions from my parents, because it was by their sweat that they made that money. Besides, a large inheritance would be another reason for my siblings to think that I’m the star child of the family, which I’m not. I do not wish to gain the money by the lottery either, because any fool can win. And any fool can lose it all and be a beggar on the streets because of gambling. Anyway, if I had that amount of wealth to my name this is what I would do:
Pay off my student loans. Every former college student should desire this. Forget the monthly payments; I’d pay off that entire debt by the next payment and be done with it forever if they’d let me.
Buy a house. I don’t want a mansion; a nice one story house will suffice. I’d go for a one story home so that when I’m an old man I won’t have to struggle going up a flight of stairs just to get to my bedroom.
Have my own personal library. As you can presume by me being a writer, I am also a reader. Some people call themselves bookworms. Me, I refer to myself as a booklion because lions are mightier. (I couldn’t help but say the name “Mufasa” after that one. The Lion King is a must see film.) The library would be right in my own, and it would be swimming with books that will last me for the rest of my days.
Buy another car. I love my silver Mercury Milan dearly. My feelings for her are so strong that I named her Bathsheba after the woman in the Bible who King David just had to have for himself. As tight as I am with her, I will eventually have to divorce her for another beauty on wheels; one whose purring engine doesn’t sound like that of a toy car.
Buy new clothes. I love dressing up; everything from spiffy suits to cufflinks. It’s a struggle for me deciding what to wear to church every Saturday, because I have more than enough dress shirts; dress pants; suits; ties; tie clips; and cufflinks. If I had the money right now I would go out to the store Styles Of New York and buy 10 new suits. One color suit I’ve contemplated wearing is pink. I think if I were to walk into my church dressed from head to toe in that color that I would get talked about. I foresee someone saying something along the lines of “You’re a deacon, not a pimp.” Lord only knows what my church family thought when I came into God’s house wearing my red suit for the first time. Nothing wrong with dressing your best for God though.
Take care of my folks. Should the situation ever come to where my mother and father can’t physically or mentally take care of themselves, I wish to care for them as they have cared for me. Hopefully that won’t include changing diapers. If I end up having to put them in a nursing home, I will definitely come visit them as often as I can.
Continue paying tithe. Ten percent of what I make now goes to God. I do this not just because of church custom, but because I choose to. I prayed my Savior would give me a job, and He fulfilled. Before I walk into the job site, I say a short prayer, which includes strength to make it through those work hours. To not give back to God would be insinuating that I did this all on my own.
Rockin’ like the Rockefellers of the world would be grand, but I appreciate the money I have to my name now. I’m not rich, but at the same time I’m not poor. Being in between the two in my opinion has taught me how to be smart with my spending. The top three important things that I put my money into the most are student loans; phone bills; and gas for my car. The top three pleasures I spend most on are books, movies, and the occasional amazon purchases. It’s the simple pleasures in life that make me happy.
Also, if I were rich would I be as humble as I am now? I’m confident enough in most of everything I do, but no matter how big people make me out to be when I accomplish something I tend to not let it go to my head. I’m aware that I am not the hottest thing out there. If anything I tell people God has a hand in my success and abilities. If I had it all, would I feel like I need God as much as I do now?
The next time you desire endless riches, consider not only what you would do with your pot of gold, but how it would affect you as a person.
“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” -Matthew 19:24 KJV
The King James study Bible: King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995. Print.