Picture yourself sitting at a stoplight and a beautiful Mercedes 600 pulls up beside you. It’s a $250,000 automobile. What’s your first reaction?
“Look at that stupid rich jerk driving that big ol’ car. He probably thinks he’s better than everyone. That’s such a waste of money!”
“Wow, look at that car! What an amazing vehicle! Isn’t it amazing that such a thing exists! I’ll bet that’s an incredible thing to drive! Good for him! I wonder what he does? That’s my dream car!”
If your response to simply seeing a person sitting in a car was to automatically label them as a mean, evil nasty person……
……what does that say about your attitude about money? I didn’t grow up rich. Maybe you didn’t either. I wasn’t exactly “destitute”. I don’t remember missing any meals. But, I know what it’s like to wear hand-me-down clothes. Or not feeling like I fit in with the other kids because I didn’t have the latest “Best New Thing”.
And, just like you, I heard a lot of talk about money when I was growing up. Mostly from grownups who said things like:
— Money doesn’t grow on trees
— The love of money is the root of all evil
— We might not be wealthy but at least we’re honest
— Maybe it’s just not God’s will for me to have money
Ever heard those? I’ll bet you have. You can probably add a few I haven’t heard before. In fact, here’s one that we’ve ALL learned. How do I know? Because it’s a constant theme in every movie, TV show and book you read: Rich people are evil, mean, nasty and unethical. Think about it:
Who’s the bad guy in Harry Potter? The rich kid. And his rich dad.
Who’s the bad guy in Superman? The rich guy, Lex Luther.
Who’s the bad guy in Spiderman? The rich industrialist.
And who’s the good guy in these stories? Always an orphan. Always someone who’s been mistreated. Always someone who thinks money is unimportant or unnecessary.
Take a look at the movie Titanic:
The ONLY “good guys” in that movie were the poor, broke people down in 3rd class. And who were the rich people? The shallow, snooty people who were all up on first class arguing about whether to have mint sauce on their lamb chops.
FACT: We are conditioned to believe that money is bad and that being broke is somehow better.
Now, here’s why I’m telling you this….Your mind is like a computer. It records everything. And from the time you and I were little, our brain has been soaking up all these opinions about money and wealth.
And even though they’re completely untrue in real life they can prevent you from living with abundant living.
Think about it: If your goal is to be an honest, ethical, loving, caring and generous person……….and you believe that having money will make you evil, mean, nasty and greedy…….your mind will not let you take actions that might increase your income. You’ll sabotage yourself every time. You won’t even know it’s happening.
Let’s look at what Jesus said about money. First of all who was Jesus? He was the Son of God. He owns the world and everything in it. Just like a parent, you WANT your children to have the best and usually you will do anything and everything to provide needs plus get them the things they want. I remember when the boys wanted a go-cart. It was way out of our budget. We didn’t have $1000. Jeff worked a little harder to surprise the boys on Christmas morning with a brand new go-cart. Did it last long? Only for a few years but boy did it bring lots of fun for them. Jesus wants the same for us. He wants to live a life of abundance and trust Him in all that He gives us. He doesn’t want us to worship money but worship Him. He doesn’t want us to love money but to love Him. Knowing your identity in Christ, knowing your heavenly Father is your “parent” He LOVES TO BLESS YOU! We must have the mindset that God wants to bless us so we can be blessed. In turn we bless His Kingdom, following the principles of giving. Giving back to the Kingdom, giving to the poor, giving not only our time but our money. Wealth comes in many different ways. It comes from being like Jesus. It comes when we can stand under pressure and do the right things, say the right things and be a person like our Savior. It doesn’t make a person any better than the other when there is negative, downgrading talk about someone you don’t agree about money. It comes down to our programmed thinking about money. Money is not a bad thing.
I read something the other day : “In giving to others, you give yourself; in giving to yourself, you give to others, because the happier you become, the more you can do for others. And the only way to create happiness for yourself is by making other people happy. A solution for your problems/anger/sadness/depression/sickness is the continuous practice of GIVING: giving to others continuously without self-centred motive. In time, you will see your problems lessen and its duration shorten as a direct and immediate result of giving.”
It’s your birthright to be prosperous.It’s your birthright to have more than what you need. We must get rid of all the negative programming first to give ourselves permission to be wealthy in all ways, not just money. When a person starts looking at money whether it is giving to the church, a charity or the homeless, the attitude one has when it leaves the hand is the state of what comes back. Our attitude must be cheerful that we could help in some small way instead of worried who or what gets the money, condemning or judgmental, controlling or withholding. God wants to bless others and He uses people to do so. Faith plays a big part in your blessings and the rewards come to those who believe in their identity and give knowing they too will reap the benefits of what was sown. We must rid ourselves of negative thinking about money and believe God is capable of supplying our needs as we give.