Are Your Thoughts Ever Preoccupied with Money?
People who think about money often are usually in one of two groups: those that have very little and are in constant need or those that have a lot and are in constant preoccupation with using it and preserving it. Both sides -- the rich and the needy -- have a similar problem: they have lost their contentment. It is my view that God wants each of us to have enough. And enough in my books is defined by having the amount of money necessary that you don’t have to think about money anymore. Let me explain.
If you are needy, you won’t quit thinking about money until your financial needs are met. If you are rich, you won’t quit thinking about money until your heart's needs are met. Interestingly, both of those needs are met by an increase in trust in God. The needy must trust God to provide through hard work and careful stewardship, and the wealthy must trust God to release them from worry and stress through careful stewardship.
I believe God wants us to keep our thoughts on Him and not on money. “Seek first the kingdom of God” was His advice to those who were worried about their needs being met. To those worried about their wealth, he advised to become “rich towards God” and “not to be arrogant or to put your hope in wealth” but to do good with what you have. This takes your mind off money and reprioritizes your concerns.
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