Sunday, November 14, 2010

Money Therapy (Part 1)

Today, lots of people get wounded by "money" - psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. We live in a world where people are measured by their net worth. As a result, individuals often get intimidated by the cultural consciousness and deception that says they are what they earn. They appraise their self-worth with monetary worth.

Men sacrifice inner fulfillment and joy for higher salaries. Women marry for money or "convenient meal ticket." Young people cheat or commit crimes to get what they want. Parents and children alienate each other due to money issues. Government officials turn corrupt for money. Real-life examples of "money disorder" are endless.

We have no quarrel with "earning" money.  We all need it to live and have means to provide for ourselves and those who depend upon us. But its entirely different from basing our self-esteem on it. That's already "serving" or loving money. When such is the case, ethics, morality, or integrity matters less than the fact that we get rich or the money.

Too many people bring unnecessary pain (even tragedy) upon themselves because the emphasis is wrongly placed.

"You cannot serve both God and money."  (Matthew 6:19-21)

"For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain." (1 Timothy 6:10)

"Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice." (Proverbs 16:8)

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