In this modern world and the culture that has established itself as the accepted “norm,” the main goal is to fulfill every want, lust, and fantasy. People run up tremendous debt to live a lifestyle that they cannot maintain. Cosmetic surgery has become more and more prevalent as Botox, lifts, tucks, injections and other radical alterations produce self-gratification in the eyes of the beholder.
Reality shows that offer chances for fame and fortune pop up every season. The focus of the world seems to be one that reaches for “fame and fortune and everything that goes with it” (Queen). Everyone wants to be noticed. Selfies abound of Facebook. People of every walk of life desire and lust after what they believe is the key to happiness and fulfillment.
The problem is this, no matter how you alter your body, gravity and time cannot be altered. Eventually, the bills have to be paid. Fifteen minutes of fame is not worth the heartache and pain that accompany it.
Solomon’s wisdom is a great remedy for the illness of prideful pursuits.
“Better to have a little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest. How much better to get wisdom than gold; and good judgment than silver. The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. It is better to live humbly with the poor, than to share plunder with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:8, 16-19)
In this world, success is like a climb to the top of Mt. Everest. Whoever rises the highest is the most successful. This faulty thinking fails to recognize how many have perished going up and coming back down the mountain of success. Riches often turn people toward dishonesty and sinful pursuits. Being too full of oneself can lead to a very destructive and lonely lifestyle and even death.
Is it possible to be content with a little? Is wisdom and good judgment as valuable as gold or silver? Can people live virtuous lives in this culture? Is safety a better option than living on the edge of the precipice? Can bad decisions lead to destruction? Are we too proud of our accomplishments and efforts?
What would our world look like if we all lived within our means, while seeking after godliness, wisdom, knowledge and safety? Is there such a thing as humility left in our world today? Perhaps, as we contemplate reality and lay aside fantasy, we might find satisfaction and fulfillment by answering these simple questions based on the truth of scripture.