Money does not buy happiness | Advice columns
From the writings of Reverend Billy Graham
My husband and I have been married for five years and we love each other. however, he is obsessed with his job. His explanation for always working is to earn enough money so that we have everything we want. I work part-time to contribute, but most of what I earn is for childcare. It doesn’t really make sense, but he doesn’t want me to quit until he can save some money for our future. This weighs terribly on our relationship. What is the answer?
Dear TW: When a husband and wife are preoccupied with their desires, the stage is set for conflict. The Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness. Money can’t buy real pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of mind and contentment. Today, many couples pin their hopes on materialism as a marker of success. Someone said, “A man’s wealth does not consist in the abundance of his possessions, but in the few of his needs.” We have confused needs with wants.
Heaven in this life and heaven in the life to come are not based on a monetary standard. Neither can flesh and blood find the door to the kingdom of heaven with its peace, joy, and happiness. Only those who are rich toward God will know true contentment. Marriage is the most serious long-term contract a couple can enter into in their lifetime, but many enter into it with a lack of maturity and knowledge.
What is the answer? If husbands and wives look to the Lord for all marriage matters, they will find answers if they both put their trust in the Lord and put Him at the center of their relationship – and pray for everything. This is God’s plan for marriage.