“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill
Our lives are defined by what we give. Winston Churchill says it best. What are we giving today? How are we impacting someone’s life through our giving. We can change someone’s world just by giving. And it doesn’t always have to be money. Give a smile, a compliment, buy a lunch, give your time. There are so many ways to give.
“Money often costs too much.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
That is deep. What is money costing you? Your time? Your health? The time with your family? The saying goes, “Time is money.” But what are you sacrificing to gain earthly riches? Because it’s not about that. We have a higher goal. We have a higher motivation. A higher call. As Christians, we have an eternal perspective. Riches in heaven are worth far more than earthly riches that fade away and that we can’t take with us.
“If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.”
Sir Francis Bacon
This is so true and the Bible talks about it, too! Don’t let money have you. You must be the master of your money; not a servant to it. That only happens when you become a giver. Giving with no strings attached frees you up and allows you to be self-less and not selfish.
“After you marry, every asset either of you acquires is jointly held. That’s why you both need to be in sync on your long-term financial goals, from paying off the mortgage to putting away for retirement. Ideally, you should talk about all this before you wed. If you don’t, you can end up deeply frustrated and financially spent.”
Ms. Orman knows a thing or two about marriage and finances. She’s been advising people about money for a long time. She knows that money and relationships go together.
You could say that marriage is the number one cause of divorce. But in all seriousness, money and money problems are the number one reason for divorce in the U.S. Open communication and shared goals about money is a key to a strong marriage. Don’t lose your marriage! Get on the same page financially, relationally, spiritually, ideally before marriage. But it’s not too late. God can restore anything!
“I cannot afford to waste my time making money.”
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz
Sometimes we forget that time is money and that we shouldn’t use up all of our time trying to make money. There are more important things in life than just making money. What good is money if you don’t have the time to use it?