Weekly Thought – December 27, 2022
Fred thought topically. His faithful assistant of nearly 20 years filled binders and file folders with content, much of which was “scatter shooting” on various ideas. As we finish the year enjoy three brief memos about money.
Thinking about Money
Money is one of life’s greatest necessities. To disparage it is to show ignorance of how life works. It is as important to life as blood is to the body and bears the same relationship. It is necessary means, but not an end. We make blood to live; not live to make blood. Likewise, I make money to live; not live to make money.
I have explained to our children that “money is option.” With it you have a multitude of choices. Without it you are limited. However, money does not bring with it the sense of responsibility needed to choose the right options. When we get into trouble, it isn’t money that is the cause, but the irresponsibility and poor decisions. The best use of money requires character.
I am suspicious of one who claims to have been “blessed” with money. I always have a sneaking feeling the person thinks he at least partially deserves the riches. Too often I get the idea they congratulate God on His choice of recipient. The person who refers to money as a stewardship with which they are entrusted is more likely to use it more wisely and unselfishly.
It is better to decide to become a philanthropist before riches come for afterwards it may be too easy to choose to become a materialist or a miser. Objectivity is easier before accumulating the money. Most misers admit they intended to be philanthropic but just never made quite enough money to start giving it away.
A pastor friend told me a man (not a member of his congregation) came to see him for prayer. “Pastor, when my wife and I had very little we had no trouble tithing. Now we have great multiples of what we had then and just cannot sufficiently give. Would you pray for me?” My friend invited the man to pray, bowed his head, and started “God, you hear this brother’s quandary. They were faithful in little but struggle with much. Therefore, I ask you to take away the money and get them back to where it was easy to give.” The man jumped up, “No, pastor!” and quickly left the office.
This week think carefully about: 1) How healthy is my relationship to money? 2) What challenges do I face with the options money gives? 3) Who is a good model for me as a wise money manager?
Words of Wisdom: “I make money to live; I don’t live to make money.”
Wisdom from the Word: “It goes well for the one who generously lends money, and conducts his business honestly.” (Psalm 112:5 NET Bible)