What is money worth?
After watching and reading this On-Purpose Minute, I invite you to comment below.
Money, life, and work are interwoven life themes. Your money perspective paints your financial outlook. Here’s a preview:
There isn’t a day in your adult life when you’re not handling money.
Consider all we do with money:
- exchanging money for time
- making money on the job
- spending money for groceries, goods, and services
- doing money makeovers
- investing money
- counting money
- worrying over money
- saving money
- wasting money
There are nefarious aspects of money such as counterfeiting money, stealing money, embezzling money, and “following the money.” The list could go on.
Money is everywhere. Money moves and measures the economy.
Money is our storehouse of value. Money is in our pockets and purses. Money rests on our dressers, in our drawers, and under our mattresses. When we’re short of money and long in the month, we’re worried.
Money can be the currency of a relationship, as in a couple fighting over money, investing for retirement, or saving for a home down payment. Money opens doors to social standing and status. There are people with old money and new money. Money can define a parent–teen relationship. There’s mad money. And then there’s money madness.
Money has meaning but it isn’t the source of meaning and worth.
It can be a source of security, income, worry, emotional stability or instability, the driver of our decisions, and generous giving.
Artists and theologians weigh in with gold nuggets of money advice:
1 Timothy 6:10 informs,
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Did you catch that last phrase, “and pierced themselves with many griefs”? Talk about self-inflicted problems! Money is the result of service, provided there is a mechanism in place for a fair exchange of value.
Pink Floyd’s Money lyrics (first stanza below) from their album Dark Side of the Moon reflects the dilemma with the almighty dollar:
Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you’re O.K.
Money it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team
Money get back
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.
Money it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the hi-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet
Money it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re
giving none away
In a prior On-Purpose Minute titled, “How’s Your Trust Account?” I invite viewers to consider where their trust is located … really.
Previously, I asked you to consider what you would do differently with $100,000 in your pocket.
Money will become whatever you choose it to become.
Will you become a slave to it or will you be the master of it? Come to terms with your attitude toward money. Money can be a source of great confusion and consternation. It can also be a source for provision and blessing.
Money can help you be on-purpose! Every time you use it, ask yourself, “Am I spending or am I investing this money?” Then consider if you are spending time or investing your time.
Ask yourself this simple question: What is money to me? Now you’re invited to chip in below with your comment to the question: What is money?
Let me hear from you!
P.S. Perhaps you remember this “Show me the money!” scene from the movie Jerry Maguire.