Following the ways of God can feel brutally hard.
In the classic novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the connections between personal wealth and self-esteem. One character, named Daisy, was born into an affluent family. Throughout her life, her major decisions revolved around the ability to maintain an opulent lifestyle. She marries a man named Tom, not because of his character, but because of his inherited wealth. And although she maintains a relatively unhappy existence (Tom is openly having an affair), the thought of living without his money is a risk she is unwilling to consider. Eventually her pursuit of abundance leads her to commit murder and ultimately leads to the death of the man she really loves. Fitzgerald sums up Daisy and Tom’s lives by saying, [Continue reading]