Matter of the Heart

I was reading this morning, which is how I start most days. I read my Bible and then proceed on to other inspirational reading…things that will inspire new thoughts and ideas for the day. The words seem to sum it up perfectly, money is a matter of the heart.

We are more than wealth and beauty.

The unit of measurement was the topic of my devotion. 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 life by his net worth and a woman’s worth by her appearance. I concur that we do. I also agree that we shouldn’t.

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Here’s the thing that struck me anew for whatever obscure reason, why has money gotten such a bad rap? Isn’t it all a matter of the heart? We shouldn’t use money 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. We need to learn how to think properly about money.

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 we have, is totally up to us. And what we choose to do with it is how it is defined in our lives.

I have heard it said that money makes you more of what you already are. Money doesn’t really change people, it just brings to surface those things that lay dormant in our lives.

The Bible says that where our treasures are, there our hearts will be also. It’s not really about money. It’s about our hearts. Financials matters and how we view and spend money is always a matter of the heart.

It seems it always is.

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