How Much Money Do You Have to Have?
by Ken Gardner

Here are some comments that were made by Benjamin J. Stein about ten years ago, that were first printed in The American Spectator, and then reprinted in Reader’s Digest:

How much money do you have to have to be considered rich in today’s society? Some say about $1.3 million per family member. Others say about $5 million per family. Some individuals have told me you should have unearned income of about $500,000 per year to be considered rich.

But I keep thinking of how many people I know with far more than that who do not seem happy. On the other hand, I know many people who have trouble paying their bills yet are really well-off.

If you can share any problem with your wife, you’re rich. If you can face your parents and believe you have given back to them even a hint of what they gave, you’re rich. If you can take an afternoon off to go boating with your pal, you’re rich. If you can honestly say you have nothing to hide, you are really, really rich.

Ben Stein is right, of course, but you and I can add to that list, can’t we?

  • If you can worship God freely, without being afraid…
  • If you can worship with your church family, that really is a family…
  • If you can worship each Lord’s Day and sit with your husband or wife and kids…
  • If you can say, “I love you,” to your family and really mean it…
  • If you can pray before your meal at a restaurant…
  • If you can laugh with your friends…and cry with them, too…
  • If you can read your Bible every day and feel blessed…
  • If you can talk with your friends and neighbors about really important things, such as being a Christian…
  • If you can admit it when you’re wrong…
  • If you can pray to God every day and tell Him, “I love You” and “I thank You”…
  • If you can get up each morning and go to work, eat three square meals a day, wear warm clothing, see the doctor when you’re sick, take a hot shower, sleep on a comfortable bed each night, and do a thousand and one other things we do every day and take for granted…

    …then you are rich, really rich.