What Do You Value When It Comes to Money?
I think a lot about how to solve one question. Why don't people achieve financial satisfaction? Most people don't seem to be happy or satisfied with their financial situation. The frustration grows because they just don't know why. They can't put a finger on it. I am not suggesting that we need to find our happiness in our financial situation. That is furthest from the truth.
We can only find true satisfaction in our finances by knowing we are being the financial stewards that God wants of us. So why this level of dissatisfaction? Why are we failing to achieve retirement goals, savings goals, etc.?
I talk a lot about the lack of financial education being the problem. I also talk about the influence of Pop Culture Finance being the problem. In reality, neither are at the heart of the problem.
The problem is that we are following our values when it comes to money.
Let me explain! Said another way, we are following our "miss-placed" values when it comes to money.
Take a look at where you are spending money. That is where you are currently placing your "value attention." If you were really honest with yourself, is this how you want your values to play out?
At the core of every financial decision, our actions are governed by our values. We spend a lot of money eating out because we value it. We spend a lot of money on stuff because we value it. It feels good. If we were honest with ourselves, is that allocation of resources what we truly want to value? Yes, tithing, setting and attaining financial goals, financial responsibility, getting out of the trap of debt are important to being the Steward God wants of us. Yet, if we were truthful with ourselves, other things we value are placing ahead of those things on our own value hierarchy.
This is not to guilt anyone for where they spend money. I write this to myself as I write to you. It is about an awakening to find God in your allocation and ranking of financial resources (aka your paycheck). The reality is that you won't find true satisfaction in your financial situation or your life in general until you allow God to rearrange your values to the point to where you are truly living a Matthew 6:24 life.
Mathew 6:24 - 24: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.