Monday, February 13, 2012

Greed is Good [43/365]

Recently, an Insurance agent was trying to peddle one of his company's latest Life Insurance policy. The terms of the policy stated that I would need to pay half of my pay for a minimum of three years for a million dollar payout at the end of ten years. Naturally, the prospect of getting a million dollars meant that I could actually retire in a decade.
However, I asked him the all pertinent question - What if I die tomorrow? Like the seasoned salesman that he was, he convinced me that my nominee (my girlfriend) would get the million dollars. What if she died too? Now, he was stumped, since he couldn't say my yet to be born children were going to get the million dollars.

In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells us of how we save, anticipate and plan for a future that we don't have any control over. We can't even predict if we will survive tonight.
The poignancy of the scripture makes us sit up and think about what really is important in our lives - God.
While God never propagates that we live in poverty and while he has encouraged us to use our talent and wisdom to create wealth, what he does abhor is that we neither bring shame to Him by our miserliness or by gluttony. He expects us to the smart yet rich person who is not afraid of letting go of what can be lost to rust and ruin, for that indestructible wealth in heaven. Not that we will want any of the wealth when we reach heaven, but living our lives the way Jesus did should be our guidelines.

In simpler words, a JD for a place in heaven is asking for a person who is 'forgiving, loving, tolerating, being patient, understanding and wise'.  
Have we got it in us?

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