Why do you want more money?
I see many people working hard to meet their family’s immediate needs and to support organizations and charities they value. They have purpose and a strong set of priorities. On the other hand, I also see many working hard just to accumulate nicer things and to spend more on personal pleasures. This is where you can begin to step into the undercurrents of materialism. Be careful. The undertow will sweep you away.
It is not that you are making a large salary that creates the problem. It is when you do not reciprocate your blessings and give back to those less fortunate that materialism can creep in. Don’t get me wrong, it is okay to have some nice things. God created this world for our enjoyment, but realize this world is temporary, eternity is forever.
Here are a few questions to help you evaluate your attitude toward money:
• Do I find contentment in the things I already have or do I long for more?
• Are my dreams for the future about things or people?
• Do I find myself comparing my accomplishments and material possessions to those of others around me?
• Do I buy items based on prestige rather than value?
• Could I live in a smaller house/apartment?
• Could I sell my car and buy a less expensive one?
• Could I give up all my material possessions?
• What are some of the most important things in my life? Are these things being properly reflected in how I allocate my time, money, and energy?