In the world but not of it

November 23, 2010

Wanting more…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

So the king paid no attention to the people. 2 Chronicles 10:15

In the year 2000 as everyone was reeling from the Y2K drama there was a corporate scandal unfolding.

The two largest auctions houses in the world, Sotheby’s and Christies, had been caught price fixing.

If you know the story then you know that Christies took up the amnesty position thus protecting themselves but in the process they exposed their competitor.

There was frenzy in the media. This all resulted in the chairman of Sotheby’s going to prison for a brief 10 month term and both companies were ordered to pay back approximately $500 million each to clients, which apparently had no problem getting a refund check in the mail.

You wonder why people do the things they do especially when they have so much as in the case of Sotheby’s chairman who at the time had a networth of more than $1 billion dollars.

This is where we tend to not understand or even want to understand something very basic about human nature.

We are never satisfied. We always want something more or different. We can tell ourselves we don’t and that we are the exception to the human race but we will expose ourselves eventually. It doesn’t matter if we are discussing another book or another billion; man’s tendency is to want more.

Rehoboam proved this when he inherited the kingdom from his father Solomon. He had an opportunity to reign successfully but in an effort to make his own mark and prove his own worth he took the wrong counsel, made the wrong decisions and then found himself dividing the kingdom that he could have easily ruled over.

That is what our desire for more often does. It drives irrational thought and behavior and blinds us to the blessings we have.

Rehoboam had it all. Solomon had built an empire and it was Rehoboam’s to rule.

“If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few” Benjamin Franklin

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