If you went to a seminar and a well dressed man walked out on stage, pulled a huge wad of cash out of his pocket, proceeded to kiss it and say “I love money, I love money” what emotions would stir in you? Most of us would feel disgusted or even repulsed by this display. However, if that same well dressed man were to walk on stage hand in hand with a 3 year old boy, introduce him as his grandson, proceed to kiss him and say “I love my grandson, I love my grandson” we would have a completely different emotional reaction and it would be a positive, warm feeling.
It seems to be an accepted concept that money and those who possess it are evil – that they must have reached their financial status by lying, cheating, deceiving and keeping others down. We have been programmed to believe that it’s okay to love our children, but it’s not okay to love a symbol of freedom. Money, if it is gained through the means of creation and not competition, increases our lives and the lives of those around us.
What do I mean by creation vs. competition?
There is an infinite supply of anything and everything we will ever need. Nothing is ever created or destroyed. Therefore, there is no need to take anything, which we did not earn, from another person. (Competition) We should not feel that we need to beat anyone at anything. There is enough for everyone! Do not compete for what is already yours! We simply need to move toward it in a manner, which creates or manifests what we desire and at the same time assist others toward their goals – lift them up, show them the way, love them – because there is enough for them too! (Creation)
Unfortunately, money gets a bad wrap because of those select few who obtained their wealth through competitive means and kept others down. Thankfully, the majority of well-to-do folks are where they are because they have provided valuable service to others – creating their wealth by raising others up and increasing our lives!
Think about what money can do if employed appropriately:
- Provide cultural experiences through travel
- Build homes for the needy
- Provide our kids with an education
- Support charities and missions
- Increase awareness of important issues
- Pay our expenses to live comfortably
- Expand our awareness and help us grow through the knowledge of others
- Feed the poor
- Provide entertainment and recreation
“Money doesn’t by happiness” is a commonly regurgitated statement and illustrates misconception and ignorance about what wealth is! It’s a ridiculous statement because money was never meant to make us happy!
There are only two reasons we use money:
- To make us comfortable: Human nature always desires an increase in life and this is not a bad or evil thing. It is simply to become everything God meant for us to be. Think of any father and what he wants for his children. He wants them to strive to become better people, to live in abundance, to grow emotionally and spiritually, to have all they desire (again, as long as it’s obtained through positive and creative methods.) God wants the same things for you and me. “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
- To extend our service far beyond our own physical presence: When we have limited financial means, the good we can do for others is limited because our time is limited. We have only 24 hours in a day no matter who we are! When we become wealthy, we not only have the ability to use money to spread good will, but we typically have more time freedom as well, which allows us to expend more of our 24 hours on positive, creative ideas and deeds.
In The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles put it this way:
“Get rid of the idea that God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others, and that you can secure His favor by doing so; God requires nothing of the kind from you. What He wants is that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself, and for others; and you can help others more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.”
We need to obliterate the idea that money and the possession of it is bad. As long as we react with negative emotion regarding wealth, it will never be a part of our lives. Why would money be attracted to someone who feels that way about it?
The important thing is this: Love People First – Then Money