For Love and Money – 4 Steps to Living a Rich Life

The happiest people do not necessarily have the best things. They simply appreciate the things they have. ~ Warren Buffet

If I could just get that promotion then…
If I could get my dream job then…
If I could buy that perfect house then…
If I could just pay off my car then…
If I could just win the lottery then…

Most of us think that if we have more money, that life would just be better all around. There could be some truth to that in some circumstances, but consider this: The majority of people who win the lottery are in more debt after they win than they ever had before. A quick Google search on lottery winners reveals that many winners report that their lives got notably worse after they got super rich, and they managed to lose it all very quickly. It seems so backwards. Why is this? Wouldn’t a person’s life be changed by the huge amount of money they could now use to get themselves in order?

The thing is, Money won’t solve your problems. More money won’t fix your relationship. It won’t keep your family happy. The problem with money isn’t money itself, but our love of it and our dependence on it. When we rely on anything other than God to fulfill our deepest needs, we’ll find ourselves empty and wanting more.  God doesn’t need our money. He wants us to live a rich and satisfying life.

Here are four steps we can take toward living a rich life:

1. Have a Plan for the Future

Live life intentionally. Manage your finances with purpose! When you manage your finances God’s way, you can know that the best is yet to come! People who live a fulfilled life know where they want to go, plan on how to get there, and they aren’t bogged down with hopelessness that it will never happen. Live a life full of hope for the future, being optimistic that with hard work and prayer, that your plans will become reality.

2. Be Grateful in the Now

Living a rich and satisfying life isn’t about having the best of everything, but about MAKING the best of everything. It’s not about longing for the next and better thing, but being content in where you are, knowing that God has you there for a purpose, and He wants the best for your life! Contentment isn’t dependent on circumstances, but in where your heart is. Each day is a gift!

3. Don’t let Money Control You

Pastor Michael said this weekend, “You either HAVE money, or money HAS you.” It can be a huge attitude shift for some of us. We go from purchasing things on credit, to making a plan to live a debt-free life! When we make a plan and tell our money what it needs to do by budgeting, we put ourselves in the driver’s seat.

4. Be a Giver

The most satisfied people I know are the biggest givers. They’re those people who are always cheerful and smiling. They’re the ones who rarely complain, and everything they touch seems to turn to gold. They’re successful yet humble, influential yet compassionate. It’s because their security and identity is found in who God is, the Maker of everything with every resource at His disposal. There is no more secure place than in Him. God’s favor on our finances comes from trusting Him with our finances!

God isn’t after your money – He’s after your heart. When we rely on money for security, when we hold back from giving, when we keep our hands on the first ten percent, it’s a symptom of a heart problem. God wants more for you than anxiety about your finances. Make the choice today to not trust in money, but in the ONE who can give us more than enough.