This past Monday I saw Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World with my friend. It was a epic! Without giving away the whole story, which is based on real historical events, oil titan J. Paul Getty is at first unwilling to pay for the ransom of one of his grandchildren by Italian criminals.
When asked how much money would be enough for him, so that he’d be willing to pay for the release of his grandson, Getty famously says, “More.” Now how could the richest man in the world at the time make such an audacious statement?
Actually, it’s not much of a stretch of the imagination to believe this. You and I think this way every day, when we put our own needs and well-being before the needs of others. 1 Timothy 6:10 states that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Money itself is not evil, but when it is combined with the greed and avarice common to human nature, it wields destructive power.
Last November I published my first book, composed of two short stories. The Factory Challenge and Energized deals with the issue of money, as Bob McConnell discovers that though popular culture may consider “cash as king,” there is much more to life than one’s wealth or possessions. He learns this in trying to find satisfaction in building a factory and pursuing other dreams. Grandson Josh falls on hard times when he loses his job in a lucrative oil field job in Western Canada. Thankfully, he finds faith and hope. He gets back up on his feet and his life is patched together again when he finds love after his ugly divorce. As you can probably tell, the other main theme of the book is family. Everything that matters in life: family and friends, caring for others is what counts. People count. Material possessions, fame, superior skills… the rest is gravy.