For the past week or so the nation has been talking about the whole college “admissions scandal,” and I have to admit it left me intrigued too.
If you’re not up to date, girlfriend where have you been?
Seriously, the scheme is centered on the indictment of 50 people who bribed their children’s way into elite, Ivy League schools, such as the University of Southern California and Harvard.
Not only does it send the message to kids that they’re not good enough to do it on their own, but it sends the message that they’re entitled to buy anything they want—even an education. If you have money, there’s no point in earning it.
But the one message they forgot to send is: trusting in riches eventually fails.
Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and was strong in his evil desire. Psalm 52:7
At first, I was judgmental.
I couldn’t believe that people would be so desperate to get their kids into school. If they would buy college admissions, what else would they attempt to buy: Love? Respect? Grades?
I don’t know, but the
truth is, they’re well-off people who use what they have to get what they want.
But they’re not the only ones.
Just as I was getting ready to pass judgement on them, God reminded me that the average citizen may not be as wealthy, but sometimes we rely on what we have— good looks, sex, education, or power—to get what we want.
Either way, it’s wrong in God’s eyes. Relying on anything, other than Him, sets you up for failure. Because money runs out and power can be taken away by the same people who give it to you. Those are unstable systems to live by. They provide a false sense of security that is meant to take God’s place.
Nothing is as strong, solid, reliable, trustworthy, secure, and powerful as God’s system. Nothing.
It’s the only stable system and it can’t be bought. He gives us all opportunities based on His ultimate will for our lives combined with our hard work.
Through prayer we can discover what He wants for us. Through hard work we can achieve what He wants for us.
For instance, I believe He wants all of us to experience a loving, trusting, fulfilling marriage with someone who supports us. But that type of relationship definitely requires hard work. You can flirt and buy girly things to attract him, but none of that will keep him. Lasting relationships require hard work that includes a daily dose of humility and a lifetime of growth.
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You can thank me later. P.S. I love you even though I’ve never met you. You are on my heart.