The Burden of the Golden God

The good life was still within my reach, I reasoned. I just needed a little bit more and I’d be all set.

When times get tight, financially, do you ever spin out like me? Start wandering down the paths of “if only …”  and, “I’d be set if only...”

I would bet that most of us have gone down this rabbit trail at some time or other.

But here’s where we get it wrong. Here’s how I got it wrong.

We think that the connection between money and contentedness comes down to this one word: security.

I think, if I had more money, I would feel more secure. If I had more security, I would be happier. Therefore, more money would make me more happier.  

Or maybe for you, it’s not about money.  It’s what that money can get you.  

Musician John Mayer was interviewed awhile ago when he was 25, and he said, “The odd thing about having this kind of money at 25 is that everything always works.  My watch works.  My car works.  Everything around me always runs smoothly.  Things are supposed to break when you’re 25, but they don’t break for me.”

So many of us, we don’t want money in and of itself.  It’s not about that for us.  

We just want everything to work.  

We don’t need the nicest stuff.  We just need the nicer stuff.  The stuff that doesn’t break all the time, that we don’t have to worry about.  

That would make us happy.  Is that too much to ask?  

And you know, sometimes that logic works out, and for a while we find happiness.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Aaron Engler

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Aaron studied finance at the University of Minnesota and then worked as a banker before attending Gordon-Conwell. Prior to planting Highrock North Shore in 2012, Aaron served on staff at Highrock Arlington since 2007, where he served as the Pastor to Young Adults.

He's devoted to his wife Ariel, a native of the North Shore, and their daughter, Elsie. Aaron gets passionate about teaching God's story of redemption, seeing sold out followers of Jesus, University of MN College Hockey, and celebrating the life God has given to us, His people. Aaron is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.