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Shari Popejoy


July 25, 2011

Money Money Money Money Monday!

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Try singing that title to the Donald Trump’s Apprentice theme song!

As promised, I’m going to use Mondays to talk about money for the next few weeks.

Money is not the root of all evil. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. (I Tim 6:10)

In fact, Jesus talked quite a bit about money, because it touches almost every part of our lives.

The Proverbs 31 Woman demonstrated an understanding of the value of money and its relationship to her work, her stewardship, her ability to be a minister of kindness, and her ability to grow her money, which enabled her to increase her ability to serve.

If you can gain a proper understanding of money, it will enable you to control certain aspects of your life, instead of being controlled by your circumstances.

There are two categories of people who think most often about money:  the greedy and the poor. God doesn’t want you to be either! He wants you to be abundantly satisfied with the good fruit that a godly life bears in ALL areas: spiritually, emotionally, financially, mentally, and in all of your relationships.

A certain amount of money is required in order to live, and money is a tool to enable you to live well and serve abundantly.

The less money you have, the more effort it takes to live, and the more restricted you are in sharing your resources.

So, even though we don’t seek to get rich in order to consume it on our own lusts and selfish desires (James 4:3), we realize that money is a tool — and good tools make the work easier!

You’ve heard it said that it takes money to make money, and that is very true. It is like priming the pump. You have to have something to invest before you get a return! Here’s another truth:  It takes money to SAVE money!

Want a few examples? Investing in a washing machine and dryer is much cheaper than driving to the laundromat every few days and ‘renting’ a machine to clean your clothes. . . that’s just money down the drain!

Buying twenty pounds of hamburger when it’s on sale at half price will cost you more money on this week’s grocery bill — but in the long run, you have purchased twice as much meat for the same price! You’ve doubled your money — a good investment in any market!

Buying clippers and scissors for haircuts will make a big ‘cut’ in your monthly expenses. Investing in proper tools instead of hiring professionals can save you a lot of money over the lifetime of those tools.

There are two ways to have more money in your wallet:  earn more and spend less!

So, until you find a way to earn more money, try spending less, and when you do spend money, try to invest it in ways that will meet these two goals:  spend less, invest more.

And with the money you have saved, maybe you can consider a field and buy it, and plant a vineyard with the profits.  Or, try investing some of it in the kingdom where moth and rust doth not corrupt (Matt. 6:19)! That’s where the big dividends pay off!

Have you found ways that by spending/investing a little money, you were able to save money? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to comment.


About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!


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