“The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
— Matthew 6:21 (The Message)
- If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.
- If you don’t need it, leave it.
- If you can’t agree, don’t proceed.
- Don’t rob God.
- Set aside enough for the future (10-15%).
- Set aside an emergency fund ASAP (at least $1,000).
- Spend less than you earn—over an extended period of time.
- Avoid impulsive buying—spend on a priority basis only—use a spending plan.
- Don’t try to buy your child’s happiness or cooperation.
- Don’t lend money to family members or friends and expect to ever see it again. Unrealistic expectations destroy relationships.
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse! – stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have! “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.
— Matthew 6:19-24 (The Message)
© 2014 by Randy Carlson