What money represents

As we continue to learn, let’s look at ‘sharpening the axe’ of our financial lives. Discussing money can often be a sensitive and controversial subject but no one can deny that we all need it. For the basic necessities of life; food, clothes, shelter, etc - we need money. To travel and communicate; vehicles, ships and telecommunications – money is necessary. To socialise and obtain luxuries money is a key factor. Money is crucial in helping those who have less (for whatever reason) to survive. Recent world events have illustrated this well. During the time of the tragic Asian tsunamis, the earthquakes in India, and the recent Ugandan conflicts, developed nations such as the USA, UK, France, Germany, etc have been looked upon to contribute more. In countries that have developed structured tax systems, those who are wealthier usually pay a higher tax percentage. From the street lights outside, to the roads that they illuminate, money had to and has to be continually involved to finance such projects. Even charities and missionaries need money to help support their causes.

We just can’t escape the fact that money is an integral part of our daily lives. But there’s more to this subject. Not only is money useful, it also holds a very strong representation. That representation is YOU. Yes that’s right it represents you. Please don’t misunderstand me, I didn’t say that you could be evaluated by the amount of money you have, for a person’s real life doesn’t consist of the things he has (Luke 12:15); but your money does, to some degree, represent you. I’ll explain. Focusing on the area of employment, today the typical working person spends approximately 8 hours a day at work. Let’s also say that person spends two hours in travel time going to and returning from work. That comes to 50 hours out of a possible 168 hours in the week. That’s almost a third of a man’s (or woman’s) life at work. And when you’re at your job you’re using not only your physical energy and presence, but also your mental creativity, thinking and brainpower. What you get in return for your labour is a salary. And depending on who you are, what you do and who you do it for you will be either happy, content or disappointed by what you receive. Indirectly what that employer is saying is this, “This is what we think you deserve for the work you’ve done.” Or “This is how we value you for your labour in this market place.” So in exchange for that part of your life that you gave to the employer for that week or month he gives you a salary. So that salary or money in essence is representing a part of your life.

This is now an interesting perspective because you would be hard pressed to find someone who says “Yes I want to waste my life!” Yet everyday our lives are wasted through bad money management, our failure to increase our value in the market place and our failure to learn and educate ourselves on the dynamics of financial intelligence. For the coming weeks we’ll focus on the subject of money. We’ll look at ways in which we can better manage it, make it and multiply it. We’ll look at the factors that affect our financial worth and what we can do to be better stewards of that which God gives us.

You’re worth more than you have. But you can use what you have to develop the life that is worth so much.

God bless and protect


Quote of the week:
“A penny is a lot of money; if you haven't got a penny.” - Yiddish Proverb


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