I’m standing alone. My surroundings are dark. I look down to notice a laptop falling from my hands. Time seems to slow down. All I can think is, “Catch it! Don’t let hit hit the ground!”. Just before it hits the ground a loud buzzer goes off. As if to signify, “Game over”. The noise is so effective in startling me that it shakes me from my deep sleep. It was a dream tied to my reality, some how, some way. I lay there realizing its 5:30am.. my alarm has gone off.. time get up. I ask myself “Why am I doing this?”. The answer returns from the echoes of my mind, “Money. Its Money. If you didn’t need the money, you would still be asleep.”.
What would be so motivating to cause me to be up before the sun? What causes people to leave their loved ones behind for days, months or even life times? Is it money or the options money gives us?
The Echo of Value
What is money? According to Bob Burg, “Money is an echo of value.” We place importance on things we value. If we offer value to someone we expect a payment in return or if someone gives value to us we feel the desire to repay them. Not necessarily in money but in something that has value to us. Be it time, affection, gifts, etc. In our modern day, the exchange of money is how we typically show value. If we offer value to our employer they return the favor with money. Now whether its a fair and exact exchange is up for debate. It has been said, An employer will pay you just enough not to quit and an employee will work just enough to not get fired.
Perhaps one of the most misquoted verses is 1 Timothy 6:10,
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
There is a warped view on this verse by the omission of a very intentional word. Many quote this verse as, “. .money is the root of all evil.” What I find interesting is most who only remember this part of the verse are many times the least responsible with their money. The warning in this verse is, “For the love of money is the root of all evil:” Its the “heart of the matter” (to quote an 80’s song).
There are over 197 references about money in the Bible. Its obviously interwoven into the story of mankind. God gave us the ability to work and earn with a means to get compensated. In 2 Kings we find a nation wide effort to repair the Temple. In 2 Kings 12:10-12,
10 Whenever the chest became full, the court secretary and the high priest counted the money that had been brought to the Lord’s Temple and put it into bags. 11 Then they gave the money to the construction supervisors, who used it to pay the people working on the Lord’s Temple—the carpenters, the builders, 12 the masons, and the stonecutters. They also used the money to buy the timber and the finished stone needed for repairing the Lord’s Temple, and they paid any other expenses related to the Temple’s restoration.
There is a God ordained process to reward hard work. There are also warnings about money, the love of money.
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
There are also many good things we can accomplish for God through our use of money.
Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.
The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.
Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.
The Things We Do.
Now that we see money itself is not good or bad. Its our view of money. Lets look at some things we do to get that money.
The average person would state “I’m not about money”, but then spend 8, 10, 12 hrs a day for money. They get home and argue with their spouse about money. They lay in bed and worry about money. Money, money, money.. but they aren’t “about money”. Chris Brady, best selling author, gives an example this way: What if money in your life was like oxygen in the room. You breath with no thought. Now remove the oxygen. How many of us would start thinking about that oxygen? but this is how most live their financial lives.
I know of a young mother who recently stated regret over spending time with her young boys rather than read a text book for her college course. What would motivate her into contempt for her little ones? The allure of more money.
Follow the link for the O’Jays to give you more examples: For The Love of Money
Purpose versus Profit
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
There was a time when Purpose, Duty and Honor was the determining factor of ones occupation. Now to mention Call of Duty brings thoughts of little more than a time consuming video game. When determining today’s occupation the focus is, “Whats the rate?”, “How much per hour?”. Little attention is given to the big picture, the end result, the purpose. Stephen R. Covey states, “Begin with the end in mind.” There is a resounding call from the ages for mankind to return to his purpose. To lift his head up beyond the weekend, beyond the 40 hour paycheck. To ask ones self, “The purpose of my life is?” and have that clear, distinct answer. God has blessed all of us to go out and live our purpose for His glory. What are you waiting for?
Service or Servitude
In every employment scenario there is a trace of servitude. We agree to trade a portion of our life for a monetary compensation. We even give up our free will. The employee never sets their alarm to wake up. Their boss does. We are told when to arrive, when to take breaks, when to eat, when we can leave and even where we can live. There was a time in our history when entrepreneurship was valued, a dream of staking our claim and being our own boss. Now we fight though the crowded stream, strapped to tiny cars to rush to a big box to be under someone’s control for the day. Only to return to do it all again. Nelson Mandela said, “Only free men can negotiate..” but can freedom be attained in today’s world? Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow Quadrant states it simply. There are four ways to make money: Employee, Self-employed, B-type business and Investments. Most of us are taught only the first two. The reality is both of these have that trace of servitude. Employees work for a system and self-employed are the system. Its a time for money swap. Nothing wrong with it but it is what it is. The other two options provide a different form of income. Here a system works for you. There is not enough time to dive into this topic here but I highly recommend getting more information through the L.I.F.E. business.
What is your passion? Lead yourself into that field. The money always finds the leaders. Love and lead. Serve from the heart. There is a path the masses have been guided into that makes them little more than a blob of money spenders. Fight your way out. Step into your role. You have one life to live, live it well.
We feel like we are standing alone. There is darkness all around. The laptop of the corporate world is falling from our hands. The alarm is sounding! Wake up! Its time.
Adrian & Jacie De Leon