The issue is not money being the root of all evil, the issue is determined by your motivation. The problem is the love of money. If your investment in money is that of status, security, and reputation, you have a motivation problem. God wants us to have all that we can, for he wants us to prosper. More importantly, however, God wants us to be good stewards of our money. When we remember where our prosperity comes from—whether monetary, emotional, spiritual, or physical—we can make better choices about how to be a good steward. Always keep in mind that God gives us what we have, right down to the gifting He gives us to excel in our jobs and be good providers for our families.
Discipline, a diligent work ethic, and learning to be joyful with what we have rather than living a life of jealousy and envy are foundational to financial happiness. Don’t spend all your time looking at everyone else and comparing what you have to what they have. Some of the most unhappy people in the world are those who place money at the top of their priorities.
What motivates your relationship with money? How did your parents handle their finances? Are you living beyond your means to compete with others? Does the thought of money produce acid in your stomach? For you, what needs to change to develop a healthier relationship with money?
©2014 Eric A. Disney, Marriage by Design
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