“The plans of the diligent tend only to profit as surely as haste leads poverty.” Proverbs 21: 5
Most of us struggle with money, or the lack of it, throughout our lives. This reality has been in the forefront of my mind in recent months. Then a couple days ago, in the midst of job hunting, I ran across an article on LinkedIn from Business Insider. (For the article click here) It was a re-stating of the main points of a book by Steve Siebold, How Rich People Think. (For the book click here) In his research of interviewing millionaires from around the world over three decades he found that their commonalities weren’t about money, it was in how they thought about money. It struck me so strongly I sent it to a number of wise friends of mine and was given a great deal to think about from their responses. What I have learned through this quick and dirty study I intend to put in a short series.
The main points we will be covering over the next few postings are as follows:
1) BE BRAVE! Living a wealthy life is about taking risks and not being afraid.
“ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love
and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7
2) MONEY ISN’T EVIL! POVERTY IS EVIL! Living a wealthy life is about viewing money as a tool and lack as the enemy.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10a
3) FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS, BECOME THE SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT AND IT WILL PAY! Living a wealthy life isn’t about your job, your education, what you do, or your expendable income.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
4) BE WISE! Living a wealthy life is understanding where money comes from, what drives markets, being content and making our money work for us.
“Behold, I am sending you as lambs among wolves; be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
5) FOCUS ON ABUNDANCE! Living a wealthy life is about believing we can have it all and surrounding ourselves with like-minded people.
“…I came that you might have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b
We live in a world where in reality all our hopes, dreams, and plans for the future and the futures of those we love are dependent upon money. We live in a country based upon capitalism which has inherent evils of it’s own, just like any other type of money system. Money can destroy friendships, marriages and divide families. However, it can also save the sick, conquer poverty, and create better tomorrows, not just for ourselves, but for those whose lives we touch. And money, like it or not, widens our influence and the scope of those we can touch. I am learning to view it as the tool it is and trust God for his abundance in my life. These truths will insure a brighter tomorrow for more people than just myself. It all starts with how we think.
For Further Thought:
The following links are for some resources I ran across while researching for this series. For the books, if you have a Kindle, or a cloud reader, they come in that format for a more affordable price point than traditional book form. Additionally, I can loan you one of the books if you have a Kindle. First come, first serve! The first one to comment here will get the loan of the book.
This is an article/blog post from a faith-based organization which offers similar thoughts from a Christian perspective. Good article, good organization. A Brief History of American Consumer Culture
One of my wise friends recommended this read when I sent her the article. The book will be referenced in future posts on this subject. This is one I can lend through my Kindle, I just want to finish it first! Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
This book is also by Kiyosaki and is a response to our current financial crisis in this country. I can also loan this one through Kindle. Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money by Robert T. Kiyosaki