February 13th 2015, by Robert B. Miller
John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, told the following story about writers Kurt Vonnegut and Joe Heller:
“They met at a party on Shelter Island. Kurt looks at Joe and says, ‘That guy, our host over there, he made a billion dollars today. He’s made more money in one day than you made on every single copy of ‘Catch 22,’ [Heller’s novel].'”
“And Heller looks as Vonnegut and says, ‘That’s OK, because I have something he, our host, will never have. Enough.'”*
There is a principle in that story for us- have a financial finish line. Each of us needs to decide when enough really is enough, when there is no need to strive for more.
When God gives us much more than enough, Scripture is clear about what to do with the excess. “Command those who are rich in this present world…to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (I Timothy 6:17-18) Those who do this “take hold of that which is truly life.”
*Story taken from an article written by Jenna Goudreau for the Business Insider that appeared January 12, 2015.