How Thankfulness Makes You Rich

Mack Courter |

On August 11, 2014, I was shocked to hear that actor Robin Williams committed suicide.  Annie and I love watching comedies, and Robin was always one of our favorites.  For some reason, I just assumed that a funny guy like Robin Williams was a genuinely happy individual.

As it happens so often, that isn’t the case.  We common folk regard celebrities as having it all together.  They have money, fame, success, power.  They have it all. 

So why is it that so many of them are addicted to drugs and alcohol and commit suicide?

They are living proof that money doesn’t buy happiness.

It reminds me of something I once came across on Facebook:

Money can buy a house, but not a home.
Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.
Money can buy a clock, but not time.
Money can buy a book, but not knowledge.
Money can buy food, but not an appetite.
Money can buy you friends but not Love.
Money can buy position, but not respect.
Money can buy blood, but not life.
Money can buy insurance, but not safety.
Money can buy a Bible, but not a relationship with Jesus.

Adapted from My Life With God Facebook page

The problem is that we humans naturally focus on what we don’t have, not on what we do.  This is true regardless of economic status.

I’m not just preaching at you—because I’m guilty so often. 

This Thanksgiving, I’m focusing on what I have.  And I’m realizing that I truly am rich—in ways money can’t buy.

Happy Thanksgiving!