HAPPINESS ESSAYS
by Tom Plonski

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Tom Plonski August 11, 2003 SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT WEALTH - CREATING WEALTH - CREATING VALUE VALUE - RESPONSIBILITY - TALENT 11TH COMMANDMENT WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY A PERSON IS WEALTHY? When we say a person is wealthy we usually mean he has much money. When we say a person is wealthy we usually mean he has much more money then he needs for food, shelter, clothing, medicine, education, and entertainment. HOW CAN A PERSON BECOME WEALTHY? Stealing? Cheating? Extortion? Graft? All these ways take something of value away from one person and give it to another. One person becomes wealthier by making another person poorer. ARE THERE WAYS TO BECOME WEALTHY WITHOUT MAKING OTHERS POORER? Get a job? Perform a service.? Selling things? Create things of value! Example Thomas Edison Example Henry Ford Example Bill Gates WHAT IS VALUE? When we hear the word "value" we usually think of a connection with money. But there are other values besides money value. ________________ SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: What are some other values besides money value? What are Christian values? How about the value of a person? Can we make ourselves more valuable as a person? How can we make ourselves more valuable as a person? Can we make ourselves more valuable as an employee? How can we make ourselves more valuable as an employee? Can we create value? How can we create value? Can we earn money by investing? Can we invest in ourselves? Can we invest in ourselves without using money? Can we invest time and effort instead of money? ________________ In the parable of the talents the stewards were ordered to create wealth for their master.Study the parable of the talents. Jesus is telling us that servants must use their talents to create wealth. In the parable of the talents, the master calls one steward a worthless servant. Worthless means "of little value." Jesus was teaching of values and responsibilities. These stewards were given responsibilities. Some stewards accepted their responsibilities and served the master well. These stewards were of value to the master. One servant did not accept his responsibility. The master called him a worthless servant and took his talent away from him. He also took away the responsibility for that talent. But the master held the worthless servant responsible for his own worthlessness. The master took the talent away and gave this talent with its responsibility to the steward who had accepted the most responsibility and served his master well. This good steward was given even more talent and more responsibility. This good steward knew how to make himself valuable to his master. This good steward knew how to create value. FINAL THOUGHTS WHAT IS MONEY? Money is just bottled labor. Obey the 11th commandment. Always be asking yourself, "What should I be doing now?" If you can't earn big money then earn little money. If you can't make your own happines better, then make your neighbor's happiness better. If you can't make your own life better, then make your neighbor's life better. If you can't create wealth for yourself, then create wealth for your neighbor. Obey the 11th commandment. Always be asking yourself, "What should I be doing now?" In the parable of the talents the stewards were ordered to create wealth for their master. Study the parable of the talents. Obey the 11th commandment.
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