I’m reading this morning…which is how I start every day. I have several books going at all times. I read the Bible and then proceed on to other inspirational reading…things that will inspire new thoughts and ideas for the day.
The unit of measurement was the topic of choice in my devotion today. The devotion talked about how we shouldn’t measure a person’s worth in money or looks. Perhaps we shouldn’t measure their worth at all, but I digress. The author talked about how we, as a nation, tend to measure a man’s worth by his net worth and a woman’s worth by her appearance. I concur that we do. I also agree that we shouldn’t.
The problem that I have is why money has gotten such a bad rap. We shouldn’t use it to define ourselves or others, and definitely not as a measurement of what our lives are worth. But having money is a necessary means of survival.
Zig Ziglar said that money isn’t everything, but it ranks right up there with oxygen. Like it or not, this is a true statement. You need money to survive. Not money itself, but what it can bring and how it can affect lives.
In Ecclesiastes Chapter 10, verse 19 it says, “A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but money answers all things.” I do not even pretend to understand the depths of what that verse means. I know what the commentary says, and I know that literally money isn’t the answer to everything. But I know too, that people without money spend way more time thinking about it than people who have money. Taking that verse in its simplest form says you can fix a lot of problems with money.
Money is not something to be collected just for the sake of having it, but for the good you can do with it. Money is amoral. It is neither good nor bad. It just is. How we choose to use it no matter how much or how little of it we have, is totally up to us. And what we choose to do with it is how it is defined in our lives.