Made it on the rich list?

The Sunday Times this week have released their 2012 Rich List which looks at the combined wealth of the top 1000 richest people in Britain. I of course, was only a few pennies off in my job working for the church. (Jokes!)

Tom Morris and his family, who own the Home Bargains stores, have seen their fortune leap from £160m to £620m.
Laurence Graff, the diamond retailer, has seen his fortune go up £1,300m to £3,300m.
Owner of JCB, Sir Anthony Bamford and family have gone from earning £1,500m to £3,150m.
Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, saw his fortune increase by £1,200m to £2,650m.
JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, has seen her wealth grow by £30m to £560m, placing her 148th on the list.

I must admit, I often wonder what it would be like to have this amount of money. Imagine paying off all the bills at once, having the freedom to do what you wish, when you wish. Having a nice house to come back to and a nice car to travel in.

In some respects, we have to be honest and say that would be lovely. I’m not for one minute saying it’s wrong to be rich and wealthy but more about how we use what we have, whether that be little or a lot. How important is it in giving us our life fulfillment.

If my enjoyment of life was down to what I had, did or spent, I believe I’ve missed out on a great deal. I believe that life is meant to be about far more than gaining or spending.

I’ve so often stated in the past that I want to live my life as an adventure. As a Christian, I base my value and find fulfillment in the God in whom I believe and follow.

I’ve spent a little bit of time in Kenya and Romania with families who have little more than a small shack to live in.
Yet, in these people, I see so much joy and contentment with what they do have. Their faith in God is so much stronger than I could have expected.

Whilst I still have the common concern of what’s in the bank and a duty to use what I have wisely, my life is structured around who Jesus is and it is he who brings adventure, fulfillment and value to my life and he can do the same for you.


About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores.
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