The Curse of “Doing Well”

Societies create standards of success. These standards are frequently in opposition to God’s standards.

Americans celebrate getting a good education, finding a good job, working hard, getting a house, couple nice cars, electronic gadgets and on and on. If a guy has these things he has “done well for himself.”

In order to continue “doing well for yourself,” you have to keep up with what that means as society and trends change. If you fall behind in your electronics or your house or car, you are no longer doing well.

Soon your life is behind you. You’ve lived for your reputation. You’ve lived so that others may tell you you’re “doing well for yourself.” What’s the harm in living your life so you can do well for yourself?

Oh, I don’t know, maybe we should ask God.

Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
   when the glory of his house increases.
For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
   his glory will not go down after him.
For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
   —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself
his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
   who will never again see light.