“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?” Ecclesiastes 5:10-11.
When you look at today’s society or within our community, some contend that individuals [Generation Y-The Millennials] have shaped this obsession, of “Get Rich or Die Trying” due to observing the way the Generation X’s have lived. They feel that GenXer’s have been restricted from their own happiness or as we call it today, “The Good Life,” due to a lack of resources, being stuck in a job they didn’t like, struggling within a life filled with “I wish” or “One day I will be able to” and never seeing the fruits of their labor. On the other hand, now because of the uprising of technological advances, resources and opportunities GenY’s have found avenues to make “fast cash” or find jobs that allowed them more “freedom” within their schedule to do things the Generation X’ers couldn’t.
Compared to baby boomers and GenX’ers when they were young adults, Americans belonging to the Millennial generation — those born after 1982 — consider money, image and fame more important than values like self-acceptance and being part of a community, according to the study published March 5 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The media advocates that by becoming a celebrity-whether its a reality star, a rapper or a video vixen, these are all quick ways to fame. And although, Gen Xers are arguably the best educated generation with 29% obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher according to Social Marketing.org, I believe a lot of the GenY’s are viewing articles like “100 Top Entrepreneurs Who Succeeded Without a College Degree,” as their bibles and the importance of education is diminishing. In school they are taught “Knowledge is Power,” but in the real world we are now realizing “It’s all about who you know,” which changes our focus from education.
So what does this all mean; this battle between Generation X and Y and of whom can better achieve “The Good Life”? Most people are trying to get rich at any cost and are mistaking money for happiness. Referring back to the Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 scriptures, Solomon observed that those who love money and seek it obsessively never find the happiness it promises. Money itself or wanting a luxurious lifestyle is not wrong, in fact in verses 19 it says “moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work-this is a gift of God,” but loving money leads to all sorts of sin. Sometimes not all prosperity is good just as not all adversity is bad. Whatever financial situation you are in, don’t depend on money to be your source of happiness. Instead, let’s use what you have for the Lord and be the example for Generation Z to show them that as Christians, the real idea of the “Good Life” is having a balance of Luke 12:31 and that is,” seek The Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” If we live the way He wants us to live, then that my brothers in sisters in Christ is the “Godly Life” and living a life unto God not only will find joy but your riches will be stored for eternal life.