July 29, 2018

Why Loving Relationships are Valuable Assets

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

“You Can’t Take it With You” is a well-known phrase. It’s also the name of a famous American play and movie. What, exactly, does it mean? The statement clarifies the need to prioritize in life. That theme is portrayed in the film when a  wealthy banker learns to value family over money.

The gospel is about how we treat ourselves, others, and God. It’s a pattern for nurturing connections.


This young man is a prime example of placing importance on relatives. He had been bullied and sold into slavery by his own brothers. He ended up in Egypt, where he had a long journey:

house slaveèprisonerèdream interpreterèsecond-in-command to pharaoh

The mistreated teenager literally moved from the pit to the palace, but that’s another story. The point is that he didn’t forget his relatives. He wasn’t overcome by bitterness.
During the famine, Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to ask for food. They were surprised to find their sibling in charge of the supplies

Joseph knew what was important. He held great power in Egypt, but the great man used that strength to help his family. He gave his brothers food to take home.

The Lesson From Joseph

That crucial idea applies to every one of us. There are two assets we take with us into the next life:

Everything else ends on Earth. It’s window dressing. That’s why we must choose where, and how, to spend our time and energy.


We’re all busy in our own way. Many of my acquaintances have multiple volunteer and paid responsibilities. They still put family first.

These attributes can give us love. They can make us feel warm and fuzzy. They may take care of us in our old age, if we play our cards right:

Friends and Family

Let’s look at the opposite side. These concepts will not support us emotionally--ever:

Fashionable clothes and jewelry, a successful career, millions of social-media followers, (who are actually strangers following their own agendas), the latest gadgets, a hefty financial portfolio, an elite education


People nearing the end of their lives uniformly concern themselves with what they’re leaving behind, or how they’ll be remembered. They don’t care about…
  • Huge bank accounts
  • A list of five college degrees behind their names on their tombstones

In fact, past and present millionaires often donate large parts of their money to build and maintain charitable causes and institutions, such as Bill Gates, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie. After a lifetime of pushing forward in the ruthless world of business, the American tycoons of the late 19th century switched to philanthropy.

My Conclusion

The world advertises that certain attitudes and possessions will bring us acceptance and success. That’s a lie to further the agenda of the top 1% of society.

Momentary pleasure ≠ lasting love and happiness
Healthy relationships (with others and with God) = long-lasting joy

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