You Need a Credit Card to Buy Poverty

“A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”

Proverbs 28:20

Ponder This

The one thing money can’t buy is poverty. You need credit cards for that. And many are buying it. Dr. James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, was telling some of us in a small meeting about a time when he was up late at night playing Monopoly with his family, and he was killing everybody. He had all the great properties, Boardwalk and Park Place, and he had hotels on all of them. He owned the railroads. You couldn't get around the board without paying him.

He was just raking in the money, making everybody in the family mad. After a while, he had it all stacked up and finally just wiped everybody out. They were so mad at him, they got up and went to bed, and he sat there looking at that pile of play money and those properties.

There he was, the winner. Jim said, “I had to put it all back in the box. I thought to myself, ‘Isn't that like life? We spend all our lives getting it all away from everybody else, and when it's over, they don't like us. And we put it all back in the box.’”

Practice This

One day you're going to put it all right back in the box. And one day you’ll be put in a box. The greatest legacies have nothing to do with money. What will your children remember about you? Leave them a godly example to follow. Teach them the power of prayer and how to pray.