Science vs Theology. Left vs Right. Man vs Woman. East vs West. All around us are conflicts, one side versus the other. Some are external, and some we fight inside ourselves. One common conflict, and one that creates trouble for many, is, “does seeking wealth make me materialistic (or a bad person, or evil, etc.)” I think of it as “wealth vs righteousness,” but put any label on it that you like. What it boils down to is, “If I am seeking things on the material side of life, does that mean I am sacrificing the spiritual?”
In essence we are dual beings. We are both matter and energy. We have temporary physical bodies in the physical world though which our eternal spiritual selves experience this life. Our purpose here is to experience, and from experiencing to learn, and from learning to grow.
If we only see things from a physical viewpoint, we blind ourselves to the spiritual side. We bounce around blindly, letting the currents of life take us where they will. We only truly live a tiny portion of what we are meant to, and we learn nothing of real value. Our eternal spiritual selves have no chance to grow.
However, if we seek to live a solely spiritual existence and totally divorce ourselves from the world around us, we cut ourselves off from the reason we are here. If we do not experience we do not learn, and if we do not learn we do not grow.
I don’t see this physical life as being simply a test, one big temptation, which we should ignore and shun. Nor do I see it as a hedonistic playground in which we should indulge every whim. I see it as a school. Children are sent to school to learn information, but they are also sent to learn how to interact with others. They learn reading, writing and ‘rithmatic, but they also learn sharing, friendship, and life skills.
If a child spends all his time on the playground he may have fun at the time but it will result in ignorance in his adult life. However if he spends all of his time in the classroom, he may gain great knowledge but it will be of little comfort when he has no one to share it with.
There must be a balance. If more money would allow you to experience more of the beauty of life, if it would be a tool to help you grow and learn, then it is not a bad thing. But if the only reason for seeking it is to indulge the physical side, to wallow in things and ignore your spiritual existence, to lord your material gain over others and make them jealous, then it is a problem.
Find your balance. Understand that money is a means to an end, not an end itself. Money is little comfort to a cold soul.
- Five Components of a Harmonious Spiritual Lifestyle (heartflow2013.wordpress.com)
- Spirituality and Stilettos (www.jackiedumaine.com)
- Examine Your Motivations (susanmichellenoland.com)
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