Forgive Us Our Wealth

or What to Do with Your Time in College

Michael Lamb
4 min readJan 25, 2022

This article was first published in the Mississippi College student newspaper THE COLLEGIAN in September 2013

Photo by Baim Hanif on Unsplash

Let’s begin with a quote from the old American comedian, W. C. Fields: “A rich man is a poor man with money.” Our roots and our backgrounds are diverse, but at the end of the day we are all facing eternity. Every one of us will stand before the creator God and be judged, and those who believe in Jesus as the Son of God and put their hope in his death will be spared. This is the gospel. How does understanding and believing the gospel affect how we use our money?

I’m not from Mississippi so when I moved here, I read up about life in the Hospitality State. The “buckle” of the Bible belt is the poorest state in the US; it is also known to be the most generous state in the US. Speaking from a personal perspective, I have learned a lot on being generous alongside being kind to others — these are things that should go together. Paul encourages the believer to “…give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Don’t give time, effort, or money begrudgingly. It’s probably better to not give at all if it is not in your heart.