If I gave you $1,000 and told you it was yours to spend, what would you do with it? You might want to buy an iPad 2, a new computer or maybe spend it on a vacation or weekend away. I would image most people could come up with a plan for this money quite quickly.
There is something really great about free money. If you have a job, then you will receive a pay cheque every few weeks or so depending on the payment cycle of your company. This is money you worked for and deserved, well most of time. So there is a sense of ownership to this money. If you budget these dollars are accounted for, to pay your rent, bills or some personal enjoyment. However free money is a whole other level, because you did not earn it, its yours to freely enjoy. I seriously love free money. The one thing I love on my birthday is some free cash, which I will take and spend on whatever I want. For example this year I bought some New Balance running shoes with some free money I was given for my birthday. Why is this amazing? I can now take walks with my dog, or go jogging and enjoy these activities with some nice new shoes which I did not pay for.
Now thats a bit of a rant, my apologies for that tangent on shoes. The bigger thing I have been thinking about is how much money do I really need. I would not say I currently have an excessive amount, but more like what seems to be enough. The saying that money wont make you happy does have some meaning. I can not say that today I am happier as a result of making a little more money then say 3 years ago. I was equally happy then when my money situation was more “not quite enough”. The main difference really is that today there is less stress involved when used correctly.
The thing I have noticed and experienced in my relationship with God is that he really loves me, regardless of how much I make and that he always wants to take care of me. We had numerous situations where pay day was a few days away and we were running short on cash. On two separate occasions I was having a conversation with God while walking my dog. I told him how it would be helpful if I had a few extra bucks. No lie on two occasions I found $20 on the sidewalk. On another occasion I got a surprise bonus from work, this time around we wanted to go to a costume part but did not have any extra cash, so He took care of it.
My wife and I at one point wrote down a list of all the financial blessings God had given us. We were actually really surprised by how many times he had blessed us, some were more obvious like finding cash, others were gifts or small things people had given us. It really showed us how much he cared about the small things in our life and how God cared about us and our situations.
We can loose focus by just thinking, “I need to make $100,000 dollars” or whatever amount is the magic number that will solve all your financial problems. Instead focus on the blessings you do have, if you want a new iPad or a new guitar (thats me, feel free to give me $1,500 for it) take some time to save for it. Just make a plan, you do not need it today! Just because we want something, who said we need it instantly?
I have often told my wife if there is a bunch of things you want just make a list and write down how much they cost. Why do this? Well its easy, next time you have say $200 you can look at your list. This amount may buy you 1 or 2 things depending on how expensive they are or it may not buy any. So you buy the things you can get or just wait a little longer till you have enough for the things you really want. A little patience can always be a good thing.
Patience is really the tough thing for most people. If more people were just a little patient they would not feel like they didn’t have enough money. I have more often focused on reaching targets to achieve financial freedom but God likes to remind me that these targets will not really change me or my life. It might help me buy those desires a little quicker but finding joy in the people around me and being thankful will go a lot further.
Remember to focus on what you can do, or you do have rather then what you want, and do not have. It goes a long way.Advertisement