#Money cannot buy everything. Money is not everything. Well, you may be surprised with my emphasis. I don’t hate money. It’s important that we look for it. Remember, we need to pay bills, our education, plan for holidays, set up a journey, insurance, gas for automobile etc. All these, money is required to meet them.
Look, actually I have no objection. Cash drives our economy. The financial confidence of any country is usually upheld when the cent, shilling, dollar,dinar, rand, whatever currency…is stably trading. The term currency to me refers to ‘flow’ equivalent to a stream that flows….hence cash flow.
We wake up early often looking for money. That’s very necessary. We need money and so we need to work hard for it. We need to achieve goals, meet deadlines, because time and money are closely related. Money and time are both treasures and have to be utilised wisely. When you have time, you can make all the money in the world. When you have all the money but no time to spend the money, then the value is lost. Money can buy time. If time is too short, then you buy it expensively. The vice versa is true.
Money is a good profit to the mind and body. It’s encouraging to achieve profit after a trade. And sometimes this profit motivates us to work even harder. Making savings and later translating the savings into property is good for the family, community and the country as a whole. Setting up systems of value addition, creating jobs so that the employment horizon can widen for people to enjoy is a good, valuable and noble skill of a good economist. Proper budgeting, whether at household level or at the national treasury requires apt financial knowledge and insight. At individual level, the success of a person in most ways depends largely on how they spent their money over a period of time. With all these facts, it’s beyond doubt that the relevance of money is a lifeline consideration. In addition to that, money is the engine and reason why everybody is industrious.
- However, the aspect of money can be complicated at times. I have observed on several occasions that some people need more money, every time they get money. The desire in them to grow rich keeps on growing everyday. They can’t be satisfied and always think they should be having more money. Their desire grows overboard. They can do anything to get money. Money…more money. Such people can sacrifice all their other affairs in order to hunt for money. They become consumed with the urge of heaping money. Sometimes the feeling in them becomes so overwhelming that they decide to use dubious means and flawed processes to get money. So, they develop fatigue because of too much work, their heart becomes heavily attached to money, such that when they make losses, they fall sick to an extent of hospitalization. They want to see themselves rich overnight. They should be on the billionaires board after a few months.
When people look for ‘more’ money, they become so addicted that nothing else can taste in their lives including the delicacies of God’s word. They can easily forget to worship God, something which should be treated as an abomination. Remember that you can’t serve two masters. So you can’t serve God and mammon. You can’t replace God with money.
- The desire to grow rich is usually welcome….for those who want to. But if it reaches a point where one can forfeit very meaningful duties in life in the name of looking for ‘more’ and ‘more’ money, then I am certain that the track is lost. I look like am preaching here. Well, you may say so. But am just making a point about the hazardous side of money. I call it a hazard because if the natural principles are not observed, then its hazardous nature eats somebody up.
I want to reiterate that I am not against anyone who looks for money. I am just sounding rational or modest. Average is better than extremes because it portrays even-ness or normalcy. Extremes are poisonous ends.
Questions: good ones for me and you to reflect on.
- Why get so busy looking for money, until you don’t have time to even enjoy the same money?
- Of what importance is it, when you get too busy, until you fall sick because of neurosis, until the same money treats you, and even be used to send you to the grave…something you may have avoided?
- Why love money so much until you forget God or have no time for God?
- After heaping all the money that you wanted, so what next?
Money is a good treasure for all of us. But it should not drive us until we can’t control ourselves. It should not replace us, in the driver’s seat.