It has often been said that “Money can’t buy happiness.” However, that statement is many times false. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “happiness” means both “the state of being happy” and “an experience that makes you happy.” So, yes, buying a new sports car, luxury home, yacht, fine jewelry, etc. will make someone feel happy. There is no denying that someone who just bought a luxurious new yacht and is taking it out to sail in the warm summer breeze for the first time is not feeling happy about their purchase.
Even though money can buy happiness, it is often short lived. One day the yacht, for instance, will break or the owner may get tired of it. They also may find years down the road that they are just not as happy with their old yacht as they once were. Why is that though? I thought money could buy happiness?
The reason that money cannot buy lasting happiness is because the spender made a bad investment. They invested their money only in their earthly happiness when they should have been placing their treasures in heaven.
Matthew 6: 19-20 says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (KJV).
The only real way to receive lasting happiness with “treasures” is to invest in heaven, not earth. Every one has the decision to make where they will invest in: heaven or earth. Remember, though, where we invest shows where our heart lies.