You would have been better off a stillborn (Ecclesiastes 5:19, 6:3)

"Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God." - Ecclesiastes 5:19

The power to enjoy them. My wife is from a wealthy suburb of Houston where we lived for one year right after we were married and then have frequently returned to for short trips or a few month stays. This place is crazy because it is so wealthy and yet bleeds a "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

If you drive a BMW you're jealous of the neighbor with the H2, and if you drive an H2 you're coveting the neighbor with the Lamborghini. There is house after bigger house and perfectly manicured lawn after perfectly manicured lawn. About 7 out of 10 houses have pools, and NO ONE has enough.

In a mens group with our church I sat around a table and listened to man share about how he really wasn't going to be able to be happy unless he made a little bit more money. Everyone at the table said if he had that attitude he would never have enough. "No no," he said, "I have this number in my head and its twice what I make now and if I could just make that much, it would be enough."

I wonder what he would have said if I would have looked him the eye and told him "You would have been better off a stillborn."

"If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he." - Ecclesiastes 6:3

Oh that we might be satisfied.