I recently wrote on sowing and reaping and a lot in between. Today, let’s look at reaping what has not been sown.
Our world financial crisis is largely the result of doing exactly this. By living beyond our means, trying to create wealth out of thin air, we are trying to reap what was never sown. The results impact everyone, not just the premature “reapers.” In the past year, at least $50 TRILLION in worldwide “wealth” has simply disappeared, it’s gone. But in reality, it never was real. This lost “wealth” is more than the per capita lifetime incomes of much, perhaps most of the world’s population.
Talk about building on a foundation of sand. We’ve up and done it big time here. This lost wealth was not earned, it was not made; it was not created. It was pulled out of thin air by people who had to “have it now.” It was facilitated by people driven by greed and governments that did not perform their duties. This wealth was an illusionist’s trick and never really existed at all.
We all see the results and many if not most of us feel the results. Disaster! Unemployment, loss of homes, divorces, suicides. For the first time since the industrial revolution, worldwide “wealth” declined in the past year. Misery, worry and fear are what we are now reaping because we lived beyond our means. It is going to take decades, perhaps generations, to recover from this disaster. Many will never recover.
That’s the big picture. Let’s bring it down to the individual and family level.
We live in a culture of consumerism, at least in the more developed countries. I want it NOW. I want it ALL. I want it bigger and better and flashier than I can afford. We are not “paying it forward” but “buying it forward.” All built on fiction, a foundation of sand.
I have been guilty of this. The long-term costs are incalculable. It is not only the financial aspects of paying off this fictional wealth which was actually tremendous debt, but the toll it has taken on my family and my own health. Hedonism, greed, emphasis on status, appearances. There is absolutely nothing here that serves our loving God. It is living a lie, and a lie is a sin against God.
God created man and made him steward of the earth. We’ve sure not been good stewards in so many areas. When we reap what was never sown, we live a fiction. We nourish ourselves on empty calories.
So, when we try to reap what was never sown, we live in a fantasy world. That wealth that “disappeared” simply never existed. Living that lie, individually and collectively, has proven to be a recipe for disaster.
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