Saturday, August 28, 2010

Money, Money, Money

Most of my life I have heard people say "money is the root of all evil." This is one of the most misquoted scriptures in the bible. In I Timothy 6:10 it says, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil,..." NKJV. Money in and of itself is not a problem but the love of money is. The love of money is a root (i.e. origin or source) though not the root, of evil.

Money is not a bad thing; It is needed. In fact the scriptures says, "But money answers all things." Ecclesiastes 10:19. Money is such a commodity that people are willing to beg, cheat, kill, lie, scam, steal and give up everything or do anything for it.

I learned to manage money by trial and error. My perception of money is that it is a means to an end. If managed properly, it can improve your quality of life. I quickly learned that it is not about how much money you make, it is what you do with the money you earn.

My children knew at early age that I was solely responsible for their needs. If they needed anything they were only allowed to ask me or their father. I was adamant about this as I didn't want my children wooed, exploited or enticed by unscrupulous people waving money in their face.

I never wanted my girls to feel they had to depend on a man to take care of them or pay for things they wanted by lying on their backs or on their knees. I never wanted my son to look for happiness in material things or feel he had to do illegal or unethical things to get what he wanted.

Money is a big deal to some people; however, it was not the main focus in my household. It was important that my children had a childhood, with age appropriate chores and activities. I tried to set example by demonstrating that hard work, sacrifice, saving, planning and setting goals is how you obtain the things you want in life.

In the pursuit of money, I learned that with money comes responsibility and no matter how much money you have you will always feel it is never enough. For me money comes and goes and I have learned to be content when money is low and when it is in abundance. I have had the "American Dream" - the big house, cars, the dog, college degree, money in the bank, vacations, American Express Card, 401K, and my own business. Money was just a tool which helped me give my children a better opportunity than I had.

I'm very wealthy because being rich is a state of mind. GOD, who has always been my source, keeps providing for me. I have my health, a loving relationship with my children and grandchildren whom love and adore.

For those of you with an insatiable appetite for money, I leave you with this quote from James Baldwin; "Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did."

Don't let money rule you!

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1 comment:

  1. Anyone who thinks their money is evil is free to give it to me. I will be more than happy to take that evil money off of their hands.