As Americans we want fast service, fast food, drive thru, express lanes, instant access, faster, faster, faster. Fast and convenient! We no longer want to get out of our cars, no longer want to take time to smell the roses, and no longer want to do anything uncomfortable. It is no difference with our finances. We want quick fixes, get rich over night, forget the hard work, we just want the pay day! If life and finances were only that easy!
If you’re having money problems, you will not solve your troubles until you get to the root of the problem. If you don’t get to the core reason why you’re having problems, more money may solve the problem temporarily. It is like putting a band-aid on a deep, infected, flesh wound. It may stop the bleeding for a moment, but unless you go in and get out the infection and sew it up, the problems will multiply. I hear people say that if I only had a little more, we would be alright. The reality is that no matter how much you give that person, chances are they will still have money problems, although they will be much larger.
You see if you don’t get to the root of the problem and fix it, all money will do is compound the problem. Take lottery winners, the majority end up right back where they were before they won the lottery because they do not know how to handle the responsibility of managing the resources that God has given them.
What Does Money Really Mean To You?
A man prays to God. “God, what is a million years to you?” God replies and says “To me, it’s like a second” “Well, How much is a million dollars to you?” to which God replies “it is like a penny”. Thinking he has outsmarted God, the Man prays for a penny. God says’ “Sure, just wait a second”.
Our perspective of money determines what it means to us. In a day and age where divorce is as trendy as the iphone, it isn’t exactly earth shattering when we learn that most marriages are a result of financial problems. It does not mean that money is always the root problem. It is often merely a symptom of deeper underlying issues that may be unconscious and unspoken.
Money can be a blessing or a curse depending on where you are in your relationship with money. If you are prepared to handle money, more of it will lead to more money. If you are foolish with money now, well more money will make you more foolish. Why do you think so many lottery winners end up bankrupt? Rockstars, athletes, movie stars, and other famous people have learned the hard way that money doesn’t grow on trees and if you have bad habits with money it doesn’t matter how much you make. They were not prepared for the responsibility and made the same mistakes they were currently making only multiplied the mistakes once they had more money.
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