Money could be viewed as one of the main reasons for many of the social issues we have today in society. It is often the cause of divorce, crime, broken families, broken dreams, mental illness, anger, strife, and jealousy, and this list could go on for pages. You ask yourself, why would money be the root cause for many of these situations? Great question.
I have seen money literally tear families apart and destroy lives. Some the biggest scoundrels I have met in our business are people with money who believe that their money gives them the right to cheat, lie and steal. These same people are also very unhappy, unfulfilled and discontented. Basically, they are miserable people to be around. If money buys happiness then why can’t many people with money be happy? Well, I have an opinion I would like to share that is very simple.
1st Timothy 6:10 is a verse of scripture that reads, “for the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Some people believe the bible is an old out dated book, written by people who no one knows and the words have very little meaning in today’s real world. Well, bless their hearts, they are wrong. This verse of scripture is very relevant because it is true.
If someone asked you what the key word in that verse is, what you say? Root, money, sorrows, evil? No, the key word is love. When you love something, you protect it, desire it, control it and focus on it. That is the problem. Money is a thing that should never reach the level of love in your heart. Your wife, your children, and grandchildren are what love is meant for. It is not meant for a physical tangible thing.
Therefore, money is not a bad thing. In fact, it provides the means to buy food and clothes and sends our children to college. It is not a bad thing. The love of it is.
So, you ask, how do I balance this in my life? The answer is you learn how to give and be generous. The very act of giving to help others will keep your heart soft. This is one of those God things that you cannot explain but is so very very true. When you put others ahead of your own desires by giving money and time to help other people, you began to fix your heart, repair your soul and find meaning in your life. I could write about this single subject for weeks but will leave you with this simple wrap up.
Money is not bad, but the “love” of it will destroy your life. Be a giver and use your money to have a positive influence in other people’s lives and when you do this, just maybe, you will find joy, peace, and happiness in your own life. KT