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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Money! Money!! MONEY!!!

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and the 25th post in my series entitled "Off On My Tangent!"

Money! Money!! Money!!! There are people in this world who are highly motivated to the point of being controlled by money...they'll do anything they can to obtain it and keep it...they are servants [slaves] of money. Then there are those who budget their money carefully, living comfortably within their means. They're not looking for any "get-rich-quick" schemes. These ones are masters of money. Whatever the case might be, the majority of us are or have at some point been stressed over money.

If excessive worry about money is causing loss of sleep, loss of appetite, fits of anger, negative thinking, headaches and rise in your blood pressure, you're probably suffering from money-sickness syndrome! What is to be done? Beware of crafty financial advisers who will charge you a fortune to impart money advice. Instead, look to the best resource ever - God's Word, the Bible. Although the Bible was written thousands of years ago, its counsel is just as relevant today as back then. Why? Because God Himself provided the counsel. His principles and high moral standards are clean, pure and righteous and they never change, because God Himself never compromises. (Isaiah 55:8, 9; James 1:17) And guess what else? If you have a Bible, you have instant access to Bible counsel anytime day or night at no charge to you whatsoever! Let's consider a few principles:

SAVE - In Biblical times, the Israelites were instructed to set aside a tithe (tenth) each year for the sole purpose of attending festivals to honour Jehovah God. (Deuteronomy 14:22-27) The apostle Paul encouraged early Christians to put something aside weekly so they could help fellow needy Christians when necessary. (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2) When I got my first part-time job as a teenager, my mum always used to tell me to "save for a rainy day!" You too can save, even if it's a small amount. As soon as you get paid, put something in the bank or have a set amount automatically taken out of your salary to avoid the temptation to spend your hard-earned funds.
BUDGET - If you don't know what you're spending your money on, how on earth will you ever be able to control it? Be honest with yourself - make a complete list of what funds you have available each week/month and what you spend your money on - e.g. food, bills, entertainment, petrol, etc. Cut back on trivial expenses where you can...you can save a bunch by foregoing your daily indulgence of Starbucks coffee or even the lottery...they all add up! Learn the difference between a "want" and a genuine "need". [This is a concept I had to adjust my thinking and habits to] You should also avoid unnecessary debt where possible (Proverbs 22:7) by heeding Jesus' counsel to his listeners to "calculate the expense" before taking on any project. (Luke 14:28*)
PLAN - Proverbs 21:5* tells us: "The plans of the diligent surely lead to success." You can avoid unnecessary expenses by planning ahead for your future needs [e.g. saving for a car/house/flat [apartment in the US] or buying life/health/death insurance for yourself and your loved ones].
BALANCE - Keep money in its place. This world is designed to appeal to the desire of the eyes. Most people will tell you that "money is the root of all evil", but the Bible actually says it's the "love of money" that causes problems. (1 Timothy 6:10*) People will go to great lengths to accumulate money and riches, but how much does a person really need beyond basic food, clothing and shelter? You can't take any of it with you when you die! (Ecclesiastes 5:15, 16) In fact, King Solomon of ancient Israel who was both wise and exceedingly rich explained: "I grew great and surpassed anyone prior to me in Jerusalem...I did not deny myself anything that I desired...But when I reflected...I saw that everything was futile ["vanity", King James Version], a chasing after the wind...nothing of real value." (Ecclesiastes 2:9-11*) What brought Solomon the greatest happiness? Putting God first and satisfying his spiritual need. (Proverbs 10:22; Matthew 5:2, 3)

The Bible tells us at 1 Timothy 6:8*: "Having food and clothing, we will be content with these things."  So then, be content with what you need and avoid those envious tendencies that will grow uncontrollably like weeds if kept unchecked. (Proverbs 28:22) Don't let money become your slave. Rather, have a balanced view of money by keeping your eye simple and living within your means. (Matthew 6:22) Always remember that if you put God first in all things you do, not only will your life become richer and more rewarding, but God will generously provide for your needs! (Matthew 6:25-34)

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here

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See you next time!
EPGsig

2 comments :

  1. Hi,
    You know I believe a lot of our money problems are because we have forgotten to tithe from the heart. Sure many of us do it from the head but are we cheerful about it? From the looks that I see on some of those who tithe, they are definitely not happy.

    Putting God first is the secret key to having our needs met and more than that God has promised to go above and beyond that what we need.

    Thanks. You have written an excellent article and as always your music fits to tee.
    Shalom,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Hello again, Pat!
      We live in a time when God is the furthest thought from people's minds. Some people today don't even believe in God or have forsaken Him altogether. Everything and everyone stands in place/exists because of God, the Creator and Giver of Life. As such, we should thank Him each and every day not just in word but in deed too.
      I'm glad you enjoy the music. I must admit, it's quite a favourite of mine!
      Thank you for the comments and for taking the time to stop by.

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