Many Believe Money = Independence
Henry Ford made so much sense when he said, “If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.” Money represents security for a lot of people. The logic is if we have enough money, then we will be secure. However, the truth is money isn’t the source of security.
Security comes in your relationship with Christ, in your abilities, and your God-given talents! Whenever we gain a sense of security outside of God, it becomes a recipe for failure. You can never become bullet proof!
When you believe that an abritary amount of money your bank account shields you from trouble, you are only deceived. No one knows what the future brings. Today is temporary. Your health, the economy, the stock market, interest rates, natural disasters and accidents can change in a moment’s notice. Yet, God is a rock – never changing!
Confidence in the wrong places
So many people place confidence in the bank, in other people, or in the government thinking they can provide them with real security! Those same people are also usually the first ones to blame others:
“But…I didn’t know the market was going to turn like that”
“But…I thought my insurance covered things like this,”
“But…I didn’t know that social security wasn’t going to be enough to cover my bills.”
“But…I thought my company would take care of me…”
People say things like this to imply their mess isn’t their fault, they’re not where they want to be, and someone else should take the blame of their problems. No one is responsible to take care of you but YOU. That can be a frightening thought for some, but it is the truth.
Understanding this truth is the first step on the road to true financial freedom. You are the only one with the responsibility and the power to change anything in your life. How bad do you want to change? Are you willing to do what it takes? Are you willing to take personal responsibility?
Ask yourself :
* Do I sometimes put responsibility on others to take care of my problems? In what ways?
* Do I ever ignore my problems, hoping that they’ll somehow go away on their own?
* What’s the worst thing that could happen if I am responsible for my own life?
* What the best thing that could happen if I am responsible for my own life?