by Jill Wright, Financial Confidence Coach
It matters what I do with my money.
Why does it matter what I do with my money? I don’t have kids to leave an inheritance to. We do okay, so I can spend a little “mad money” once in a while without significantly affecting my final financial outcome. I’m pretty responsible most of the time.
It matters because it’s not really my money. It’s God’s money that He has entrusted to me for a little while. It matters because I want to set a good example for whoever happens to be observing me. It matters because I want to be a good steward of the money that God has entrusted to me and it matters because I want to build in margin in my life, especially in my finances so that I can help others do great things.
I love to help people and I love to have an impact in the community where I live. I value the spiritual gifts that God has given me to do the helping that I love. I value the resources that God has given me to help the ministries that are doing such amazing things in our community and surrounding areas. It gives me so much joy to be able to contribute my time when they need it, but even more joy to be able to contribute financially to their missions. And for that I need to be smart about my money. I need to be smart about how I earn it and I need to be smart about where I invest it and I need to be smart about where I give it.
That’s why it matters what I do with my money. I want to honor its purpose by directing it according to my values and not according to my wants, urges and human desires.
What matters to you? How can you be more authenticate with your money and direct it so that it aligns with your values?