By David Peel
One of the most important lessons our children can learn is about money. I feel that I must teach them not to love money, but to be a good steward of it.
And, many people feel money is evil. Money is amoral. In other words, it is an inanimate object, like a toaster. It has no evil or good characteristics. Some folks quote “money is the root of all evil,” not realizing that the verse actually says, “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”
So, where do we get a proper perspective on money? At school, you may hear there is not enough money to go around for all the programs and teachers needed. At church, we often hear about giving our tithe to the local church, or a building fund. At home, we may hear about struggling to make ends meet.
Where do we go to get solid financial training? It is not in some seminar “free to the first 100 who show up.” It is not in the technical jargon of some financial information.
It is in the Bible! Did you know the Bible has more than 2300 verses relating to possessions, wealth and money?
Heb 13:5 (RSV) “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.”
Prov 23:4-5 (NIV) Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Prov 30:8-9 (NIV) …Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Luke 16:9-11 (Phi) The man who is faithful in the little things will be faithful in the big things. So that if you are not fit to be trusted to deal with the wicked wealth of this world, who will trust you with true riches?”
Ecc 5:10-15 (NIV) Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune… Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs…
With this perspective on money, you have no “get rich quick schemes.” You have no robbery or embezzlement. You have no hoarding of wealth.
Instead, we can be as content as Paul was in Philippians 4:11-13:…”For I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of eating well or going hungry–of facing either plenty of poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.”
This is something we can all put into practice.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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