Using the questions below as a starting point, launch today’s lesson with a discussion concerning the role money has in our happiness.
- What would you do if you won the lottery? (Give your class some time to quickly share some of the things they would do with their newfound wealth.)
- Do you think that the most affluent members of society derive happiness from their material possessions? Why or why not?
- It’s been said that money can’t buy happiness; do you think this statement holds truth? (Allow your students to reflect and reply to this idiom. Responses to this question will certainly vary, as the answer changes depending upon an individual person’s situation and background.)
In order to analyze this idea a little more closely, let’s perform a short exercise that looks into the influence of money on our emotions.
Using the materials provided, instruct your students to construct a list of moments that they remember feeling the happiest and most fulfilled. Examples to prompt their thinking are reuniting with close friends, receiving recognition for accomplishments, etc. Once created, give a few students the opportunity to share some of their happiest moments. As a class, attempt to identify some of the common threads among the experiences (these could include: meaningful relationships, personal achievements, or exciting experiences).
Oftentimes, when we analyze our most fulfilling and happiest moments, it becomes clear that money really isn’t everything. Let’s take a look at someone who abandoned his material wealth in exchange for happiness of a different kind.
Share the following video [1:50]:
This Billionaire GAVE ALL HIS MONEY AWAY
So far, we’ve looked at the different interpretations of being rich and poor; the rest of today’s lesson is going to explore what the Bible defines as truly being rich. Let’s take a look at the sacrifice that Jesus made so that we might obtain eternal wealth.