Money is definitely necessary when it comes to the living. But is it the only important thing in the world?
In this story, millionaire doctor, Dr Richard Teo Keng Siang, had all the money he could get his hands on. Money, Ferraris, and a high-society life. But, everything changed when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer back in 2011.
Giving him a new perspective, he found out that money is not the source of happiness. Rekindling his faith, he eventually remembered that he is in the field of medicine to serve his patients. Of course, all of this became possible when he returned to God.
Before he passed away in October 18, 2012, he gave plenty of talks to make sure that he can reach out to people who were like him before he left the world.
Here’s the ending speech for one of his talks:
“Don’t be like me – I had no other way. I had to learn it through the hard way. I had to come back to God to thank Him for this opportunity because I’ve had 3 major accidents in my past – car accidents. You know, these sports car accidents – I was always speeding , but somehow I always came out alive, even with the car almost being overturned. And I wouldn’t have had a chance. Who knows, I don’t know where else I’d be going to! Even though I was baptized it was just a show, but the fact that this has happened, it gave me a chance to come back to God.
Few things I’d learnt though:
1. Trust in the Lord your God with all your heart – this is so important.
2. Is to love and serve others, not just ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with being rich or wealthy. I think it’s absolutely alright, cos God has blessed. So many people are blessed with good wealth, but the trouble is I think a lot of us can’t handle it. The more we have, the more we want. I’ve gone through it, the deeper the hole we dig, the more we get sucked into it, so much so that we worship wealth and lose focus. Instead of worshipping God, we worship wealth. It’s just a human instinct. It’s just so difficult to get out of it.
We are all professionals, and when we go into private practise, we start to build up our wealth – inevitably. So my thought are, when you start to build up wealth and when the opportunity comes, do remember that all these things don’t belong to us. We don’t really own it nor have rights to this wealth. It’s actually God’s gift to us. Remember that it’s more important to further His Kingdom rather than to further ourselves.
Anyway I think that I’ve gone through it, and I know that wealth without God is empty. It is more important that you fill up the wealth, as you build it up subsequently, as professionals and all, you need to fill it up with the wealth of God.”
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