There is an old saying: Money makes the world go round. No, no it doesn’t. Money is an object, and it is only good for doing business and taking care of financial matters in life. What’s important in life is what makes the world go round. But of course money is needed for doing many things, including affording a roof over your head and putting food on the table. That’s why money matters can sometimes cause sleepless nights for people.
People lose their jobs, bills become overdue, and all kinds of financial situations arise. Financial problems can take center stage if you allow them to do so. And quite frankly, it’s difficult not to worry about finances when everything has gone amuck, right?
While what I’m about to say isn’t going to erase any financial problems you have, it might indeed shed some perspective on what you’re going through. Let’s start with this simple statement: We live in the richest and freest country in the world. What we consider to be money problems don’t even compare to what some people are going through out there.
For some in this world, life has nothing to do with money. It’s all about survival and trying to forage for food. That’s just simply the truth. Our living in a different economic climate doesn’t necessarily make life easier, but it does count us as blessed. So first and foremost, we need to count our blessings.
I know that can be a hard pill to swallow when going through difficult financial times. In fact, people do lose jobs, lose homes and find themselves unable to budget their income based on outgoing expenses in general. Yet society wants to make us think that a certain level of living is expected of us.
That’s just simply not the case. Granted, when living in America, you want a roof over your head and food on the table. And there are plenty of homeless people out there. Things happen to us, and we also make financial mistakes. At the same time, we are constantly advertised to and live in a world that promotes ‘stuff.’
Everyone finds it difficult to put up with those advertisements and to make decisions about whether or not to climb the ladder. I for one started a stint not long ago where I wanted to be a minimalist. Suddenly, a few years later, I felt the urge to continue building once again from where I was at that point.
Truth be told, we are always building. Each of us has a different focus when need be, based on our circumstances. At the time, I felt like I had achieved my dream, and while finances were difficult, minimizing would suffice. Then suddenly, as I mentioned, I was able to build once again, passionately.
Through it all, I encountered many rough turns and even some major setbacks. At one point, I paid the property taxes so late that my dream condo was sold out from under me in a tax sale and had to be redeemed. God took care of that, and I have battled uphill through many other financial situations over the years. As a matter of fact, I still am doing so.
Each situation I face, I get stronger, worry less and work harder. You see, we sometimes think that everything is falling apart when it’s really an opportunity for growth. We makes mistakes, yes, and we do lose things. But God has the power to bless us beyond measure. We must look to him, and we must not let our financial situations dictate our happiness. Our faith and our relationships are what life is all about, and love is what’s most important. Don’t let money matters keep you up at night, no matter what. This too shall pass.