More Important than Money by Mary Hunt
- More Important Than Money
March 26, 2012
If youve ever found yourself caught in the vicious cycle of debt where you are spending more than you earn, money becomes the most important thing in your life. Money drives your decisions, and debt limits your options. This desperate condition makes you think about money every moment, day and night.
Money is important. But, it is not the most important thing.
Purpose. Having a clear understanding of why you were created and what on earth you are here for is more important than money, your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions, says Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan, 2007). Without purpose your life has no meaning.
Knowledge. Wisdom comes with learning new things. When you improve your knowledge, you gain more power in your life. Fill your mind with new facts and ideas. Become skilled in something. You will gain a lot more than just what you set out to learn.
Compassion. Having a sense of shared suffering, combined with a desire to reduce that suffering by showing kindness, is the definition of compassion. Having compassion changes you because it moves the focus off yourself and on to others. Money often does just the opposite.
Personal growth. Each of us has countless opportunities to improve ourselves. Our behavior, thoughts and beliefs are all areas we can change. Working to grow as a person provides huge benefits, and rarely costs a thing. And often, it improves your income potential for the future as well as naturally improving your outlook on the world and your self-confidence.
Self-reliance. This may seem contradictory to faith, but its not. Self-reliance in this context is the ability to do things for yourself, to provide for your family without reliance on others or even the economy. Self-reliance is more important than money because in times of extreme hardship or disaster, self-reliance can mean survival.
Health. There is not enough money in the world to buy excellent health. It is priceless. Just ask any wealthy person who is confined to a wheelchair or dying of cancer. Good health is far more important than money because you can always get more money. But more health? That is not as certain. Money pales in comparison to the value of physical health needed to enjoy life.
Faith. It has been said that faith is the telescope that scans the heavens for the majesty of God, and also the microscope that magnifies his hidden wonders. Faith is what connects us to a power that is bigger than ourselves, moving responsibility for our care out of our own hands. Faith is the antidote for fear and worry.
Friendship. Companionship and camaraderie with people you care about and with whom you share interests is life-affirming and precious. Money comes and goes, but a good friend stays through thick and thin.
©Copyright 2012 Mary Hunt
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