I never really understand it when I hear people say that money isn’t important to them.  I suppose that they are trying to impress upon you that they are not materialistic or that they have a higher calling than accumulating money.  Ok, I get that, but how in the world can you say that money is not important to you?  Everyone needs to eat.  We all need shelter and a place to live.  We all need to stay warm in the winter, to be able to travel from place to place in order to accomplish things, to give, to support, to live, really.  I’m guessing what they really mean to say is that money isn’t as important to them as some other things in their lives.  But, like it or not, if you don’t have the money, chances are very high that you won’t have the ability to do any of the things that you think are important.  You certainly can’t donate to the church building fund, or feed the homeless, or buy new clothes for your kids.  So, what am I getting at?

Have any of you noticed how uncomfortable some people get when the subject of money is brought up?  It’s like Harry Potter mentioning Voldemort – it must not be named!  I’ve noticed a few things about such people. First, they usually don’t have much. Second, they don’t like rich people and think that they must be crooks, taking from the innocent “little people” to support their yachts, mansions, etc.  Third, not only are the wealthy bad, but money itself isn’t a nice thing – “Money is the root of all evil” is their mantra.  Of course, when you try to tell them that the Bible verse actually says that “The love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10), they simply brush you aside.

How did the topic of money and how much of it you earn, or want to earn, become such a taboo subject?  For many, this attitude toward money is ingrained into us at an early age, from family, friends, school, so by the time we are ready to enter the world of work, we have these conflicting ideas about money.  It was never discussed openly growing up in my home, other than to hear from my parents that we didn’t have enough of it to do the things we wanted.  I’ve heard Jeffery Combs and Frederic Lehrman instruct that, if you have these thoughts and feelings toward money, then you need to change that conversation that you are having internally about money. Interestingly enough, the rich don’t seem to have difficulty speaking candidly about this topic.

Money in and of itself is neither good nor bad.  As we all know, however, it is essential if we want to do and become all that we can – to live up to our potential. It’s time to have that open discussion.  I want my children to be comfortable discussing the topic of money.  They know what my income is, and what I want it to be.  They also know our priorities – to live comfortably and enjoy more that life has to offer, but also to support various missions throughout the world, to adopt and support the adoption of the unwanted and more.  What is the bigger sin? Desiring to become wealthy so that you can give to those who need it most, or to shun the topic, choose a plain, ordinary life, and help no one?

 

P.S. One of the ways that my wife and I are creating the income that we need to support these causes is explained in this webinar.