Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 3:53:32 PM
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
While this won’t be a highly religious essay bombarded with the prude ravings of a religious fanatic, I can hardly keep my beliefs out of it. Be warned: God is part of who I am. I would even say he is the most important part of me.
My relationship with money is surprisingly uncomplicated. Being one of 5 children living at home, having a father who works 2 job and a mom who stays home, money is scarce. Some times we don’t even know what we’re eating for lunch or dinner. Take last week for example. Last week it was a struggle. We were literally scrounging in our refrigerator for meals. How, then, can my relationship with money be uncomplicated? Well, I have chosen to serve God and not money. I have never gone hungry. And, you must understand, this is a small miracle in itself. If I have ever lacked in stylish clothing, or fancy electronics, or gourmet food, I have never lacked in the love and warmth that is never scarce in my home. Even on cold December days like this one, I am loved. And not just by my family.
I am loved by God. It is he who I have chosen to serve, because without him I truly would be lacking. Given what I have already divulged of our family’s financial situation, I’m guessing you’ve already figured that I usually save money. And this is true. However, I don’t hoard it just because it’s scarce in my house. When Harry Potter 7 came out, I was there two days after its opening with a ticket in my hand. It’s not like because of our lack of money, I have to be locked up in the house like a hermit with nothing I can afford to do.
Another reason that I save, rather than spend money, the majority of the time is because when there’s a little money in my pocket, there’s a little bit of generosity tucked away too. Let me explain this. The wealthy people who are truly rich (in ways that don’t relate to money) are the ones who are generous. Celebrities are wealthy, but the truly rich ones are those who give to charities or have the less privileged over for a special dinner once in a while. Money doesn’t buy happiness, it’s true. But money is an opportunity to make someone else happy.
In short then, my relationship with money is surprisingly uncomplicated. God is my Provider, whether he provides through my dad’s paycheck or a surprise gift card from a friend. I save money mainly because it’s a wise thing to do, but partly because saving money gives me an opportunity to be generous here and there.