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Millionaire Gives It All Away

February 16, 2010

"My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing." That's what  Karl Rabeder (below)  told a reporter from British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

Karl Rabeder is not crazy, though some people might wonder if he's got a few screws loose. Why? The Austrian millionaire is kicking his millions to the curb. He's selling his million-dollar villa in the French Alps, his million dollar country estate, the interior furnishings business that made him wealthy, and just about anything else of value he owns.

What a nut? I thought, as I read about the guy, but then I read this: "For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness. I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years,"the Telegraph quoted. But something began to sour Karl Rabeder on his wealth.

"More and more I heard the words: 'Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life'. I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need." (A God sighting, no?)

Rabeder made the decision to ditch it all while on a posh Hawaiian vacation with his wife. "It was the biggest shock in my life, when I realised how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five star lifestyle is," he said. That's when he and his wife decided to trade it all for a real life.

Be honest. You'd like to try on Karl Rabeder's life for a few months, wouldn't you? I sure would. I could get used to the 5-star luxury really quickly--and that's the problem. Why? In the end, it cannot fill the emptiness we all feel--whether rich or poor. Jesus stated, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15).

is there anything wrong with being rich?

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