Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to build somewhat of a Financial Guide that I’ve shared with family members–one version for families and one for single ladies. I share the opening chapter of it here, relating the fundamental concept of money and its place in the moral fabric of society.
My father recently reminded me that I haven’t posted in a while. Too true! Like many people I’ve been tied up in the mundane things of being a parent. But those mundane responsibilities of parenting are truly a blessing. In a lot of ways I’ve never been happier to help solve scheduling conflicts or prioritize too-busy schedules. Were we all as “stressed” growing up as youth are today? I remember being busy, but I don’t recall feeling pressured and worried about it. Perhaps my parents would tell a different story?
At any rate, here’s my opening piece…
Understanding the moral value of money
- On a universal level, money is part of God’s system for human life: it was invented when human beings first began living in communities with more than one family. Then, just as now, money established a consistent way of exchanging objects or services fairly.
- On an individual level, money is a tool. It is neither inherently good nor inherently evil; your use of it is good or evil.
- Money is intended to be a tool for maintaining peace. Using money properly, we can interact fairly as people, which in turns helps us interact peacefully.
- Related, money is not necessarily an individual blessing. Be wary of agreeing when people say “I’ve been blessed,” when they talk about having things/opportunities/financial stability. It never sat right with me, yet I heard it almost every day when I lived among a society very genuine Christians. The truth: Money, or even financial stability, is not a sign of God’s love. God’s method of guiding one person’s life may involve money, and His methods may involve poverty for another. It’s true that God gives more to some people and less to others; this is not a quantitfication of His love, it’s a reflection of how He thinks you’ll best learn.
- Recognize the correct role of God in your finances. Remember that both math and money are part of the Order that God has established for human life. It has a purpose. God is not likely to break His own rules, even to finance good things.