Have you ever driven through those neighborhoods that make you ponder the question; “what do these people do for a living? … cause it’s not what I am doing.” Or, “what would be like to have no money worries?” Have you ever wondered what it would be like to need something and be able to just buy it with no concern of being overdrawn? What would it be like to have more than enough for anything you need or want? What would it be like to not force your son to wear his older sister’s pink soccer cleats because you don’t have the $50 for real football cleats? Or what would it be like to not depend on your tax return to be able to afford a vacation? What would it be like to take the family to Disney World without having to sell one of the kids in order to pay for it? Lol!
I think this is where many of us live. And if we are honest it’s our own fault for the most part. Certain decisions we made along the way have brought us to the very spot we are … and it’s not where we necessarily want to be, but we’re here. So now what?
The difference between those of us who must budget very carefully the little we have and those who HAVE budgeted very carefully and now have lots of money in their budget is that they have been very smart in how they have managed their money – they are what we call financially savvy … or maybe just lucky (like a wealthy friend of mine who happened to be at the right place, in the right business (.com biz) back in the early 90’s and hit the jack pot when Al Gore invented the internet (lol!)) or maybe they’ve been extremely frugal (living below their means – like Dave Ramsey teaches.) I also feel that God actually blesses some people with a gift to earn lots of money. Money that I hope is used for Kingdom purposes.
Here is another thing my millionaire friend said, “Timmy, more money sometimes just means more worries!” So true.
I will add this, whether you have a lot of money, or a little money we are all STEWARDS of what we have. God has given each of us the ability to earn what we earn, now the real question is; ARE we stewarding it well? Are we giving to God through the local church? Say what you want, think what you want, go ahead and justify however to make you feel better about what you are doing currently with your money… it doesn’t change the fact that as Christians we are to be generous givers! I am convinced that many, if not most of the wealthy people are generous givers (I know several millionaires and every one of them are very generous.) I believe there is a lesson for each of us to learn about wealth.
Let me close with this scripture … one of my favorites! I think it sheds some light on the subject of MONEY WORRIES … worry comes from a lack of trust, when we trust someone, or something we do not worry! And in the below scripture God is saying that we should trust Him fully and not worry … then down in verse 9 we see that one way we show our trust in God is by honoring Him with our wealth, whether that’s $1.00 or $100,000,000.00.
It’s nice to be in a place of trust rather than in a place of fear and worry! Trust Him today!
Proverbs 3:5-10 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”