Whoever loves money never has enough money. If you love money you can never have enough … because it is an insatiable appetite. (Alistair Begg)
While living on this earth money matters — there is just no way around it. When thinking about money, have you caught yourself saying: “Just a little more?” I have. But, say, just a little more for what purpose?
I think one of the main money problems in our days and Western world comes from the large range of goods. Years back the selection was limited. If there were no eggs available the housewife had to come up with an idea of baking a cake without eggs. People asked what they could make out of what was available. Nowadays there is an abundance of resources. People see them and want them. They no longer buy what they can afford but want things that are available no matter what the cost.
It’s not the money but the love of money that is the problem
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:10 — ESV)
Money, used in the right way, is good — including savings and investments. But often we focus on things that are perishable and/or are loosing value over time. We replace things that are still okay to gain more comfort or a better status. But these same things might be gone by tomorrow (due to bankruptcy, war, theft, etc.) or we might be gone by tomorrow.
Then, of course, there is the problem of not wanting to wait. Everything has to happen asap. We are hungry but we don’t want to wait 50 minutes for a healthy homemade pizza. We rather take one out of the freezer, pop it in the oven, wait just 12 minutes and voila! Dating and waiting is not our style. We want to have it all in our relationships and we want it now — no time to waste, no time to wait. Pronto! The car? The house? We want it now — and let’s just postpone debt and talks about how we can meet our mortgage payments…
Just a little more won’t help. Even a lot more won’t help. If we love money there will never be enough of it. Money comes in, money goes out. More money coming, more money going out. When we are making 2000 a month and spending 1950 a month we will not be having more nor less then if we are making 9000 a month and spending 8950 a month! Why? Because the things we will choose to buy will be in a higher price category, too.
Looking back at a time about 5-6 years ago I’ll always shake my head and wonder how we ever managed to pay all of our bills. We did and today I’m so amazed how it everything worked out. But more on that in one of my next posts…