Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rule # 2 Manage The Money

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6: 23 -25

Are you serving money by managing it or by ignoring it?

If you are ignoring it, have no financial options, live hand to mouth, are buried in debt, then you are a slave to it.

If you are the slave, then it is the master.

There are two ways to serve money, hoarding and spending. Hoarding doesn't seem to be the greatest issue in our society today. Spending God's resources to fill your emptiness is a road that leads to a, ah, rather unfortunate end.

The earn and spend cycle is a vicious one and our western civilization seems to have embraced it as a new religion. Or should I say an old master. The duel income family for the most part is not born out of necessity but out of want. Yes everything cost more "these days" but our income has for the most part kept up with inflation.

We just simply spend more money on discretionary items than we did 50 years ago.

Why?

In one word, television.

TV changed the world, yes kiddies the tv did not become a household item until the 1950s. Television and advertising changed the world as we know it. Now tv defines how we view ourselves and sets the standard in how we think we should live.

That standard is unattainable for most and the attempt to get there is financially and morally bankrupting the nation.

When all the sheep are turning left, turn to the right.

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