I dream of getting a good job with a good salary, being able to own a nice, big house and car, I want to travel and see many parts of the world and- my number one dream- own a holiday home abroad.
Dreams and goals are good. Sometimes you can realize them. They might take a different form than you first think. I saw the world by joining the military and learned a big house/property and car are expensive and a lot of work. My wifes was born around the world from here so when we visit/holiday I have a nice, free place to stay. I’m living your dream.
Yet at the same time I feel really guilty about this! I look at those suffering from poverty, disease and war all round the world and then compare it to the obscene wealth of some individuals and it makes me sick. I dont want to become a slave to money as that certainly wont help me get in to heaven!
When asked what salary I expect from an employer I usually reply I would like a fair wage comprable to those with similar jobs as mine with whom I will be working. I’m usually surprised they offer more than I expected, but maybe my expectations were low to begin with. I have always tried to make them reasonable without being excessive.
How do I square my feelings of wanting to be a success in life with Jesus’s teachings of helping the poor? Is it a sin to want to be successful and own nice things?
Keep in mind a drowning man cannot save another drowning man so keeping your own head above water is the first priority and it is not always easy. I wish you every success in being known as an honest and compassionate person to friends and strangers alike and if you are willing and actually share your fortunes and blessings with others then you would be successful imo even if you don’t have a big house and car. Unless you are fortunate it also doesn’t come in a year much less 10…if ever.
Your faith is your coin that has worth more than gold. Funny thing. If you concentrate on one you are likely to get the other though it isn’t the intent, but if you concentrate on the other you likely will lose both. Good luck.