Though there are a million practical reasons why I'll never be rich - a Catholic School Teacher Hubby, 4 children (so far), living in Taxachusetts, and TONS of student loan debt - there is an even bigger reason I don't think I'll ever be rich.
I think I might lose my soul.
You see, when I daydream about being wealthy, I imagine a life of luxury and leisure. A life in a mansion with landscapers, house cleaners, nannies, a personal chef, a personal trainer, a chauffeur, a pool boy, and the ever-so-necessary masseuse. My children will be well dressed and given anything their little hearts desire, and I will be sitting by the pool in my bikini (hello cosmetic surgery!!) barking out orders to the employees under my care. Change diapers, who me? Clean my house, yeah right! Lovingly prepare dinner for my family when we have a chef? Why bother?
Of course, I can easily see how "bad" that would be for my spiritual life. Why would I *need* God when I have everything I could ever (monetarily) want? If I don't suffer even a little in this life, I have to make up for it in the next, and wasting money on such shallow aspirations does not a saintly person make.
And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
These dreams of grandeur are easily shattered by my reality. My fabulous husband loves to tell me that God will never make us rich because I would indeed lose my faith. He knows I would love to shop and go on vacations and get a "break" from being a mom all the time. And while these things can be okay in moderation, they can easily become vices.
So while it is hard to look around at what everybody else has that I'm lacking, I do thank God for the opportunities he has given me. I'm thankful for a strong and loving marriage, children who are being raised by their parents and not by nannies, and a house of our own that we take care of all by ourselves.
At the end of a long day, it is rewarding to fall asleep knowing that I have faithfully fulfilled my duties as a wife and mom. And I'm hoping that when Judgement Day comes, God will agree.