I believed the lie that I was not meant to have money. That lie was attached to a belief that I wasn’t good enough. These beliefs took years to remove from my brain. If you’re here reading this blog post, its not by accident.
This is YOUR moment, right here and now, to change this thought because its not serving you well.
I want to encourage you to tell those lies to get out, right now, in Jesus name. Yes, Jesus said that the poor will always be among us, but not because he wants anyone to be poor. He knew that the wise would invest and steward their money in appropriate ways and that is meant to be you.
Money acceptance starts with understanding that God wants His BEST for you. He loves you enough to teach you and empower you. He gives you mercy and grace so that you’ll stop believing the lies and get into the truth.
So often we’re taught that money is evil and that we’re meant to give it all away because it’s better to give than to receive. These teaching were intended to be healthy, but they ended up being some of the most detrimental spiritual beliefs known to man.
God doesn’t say money is evil or that we are to give it all away. God said he doesn’t want us to be in “love” with money or to “trust” in money. He knew that to love or trust money would mean we’d become enslaved to it. When greed takes over this becomes an ME problem, not a MONEY problem.
Scripture makes several points about how to treat money; to plan with it and use it as a tool to make those plans materialize.
If you belong to God, and everything you have belongs to God, isn’t your money his anyhow?
What if every dime you spent was actually thought of as an investment to better your life and the lives of those around you? What would you do with your money then?
What if “paying bills” was thought of as an “investment of blessings”? In exchange for money you’ve invested, you have a generous return of water, power, electric, gas, etc.
An “investment” is where you’ll find some type of an ROI (Return On Investment). While most people hear the word “investment” and think of stockbrokers or real estate investors, that’s not always the case. The term itself has often been associated with highly educated people who are daily consumed, or ‘in the know’, about money.
There are numerous ways you invest on a daily basis without even thinking about it.
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INVESTING IN YOUR HEALTH
The saying, “You are what you eat.” is there for a reason. Good health is vital. Without it, you’ll suffer in all kinds of unwanted ways. This means that while grocery shopping you’ll invest in foods that will create greater health for your body, like fruits, vegetables and grains, or you’ll spend money on things that won’t.
Every time I pour desserts and sugared treats into my system, its as if I’ve turned off the good producing cells in my body and turned on the mean ones. Not only am I more tired and uncomfortable in my body, but I’m also not feeling so well for days. I stopped investing wisely, therefore I find myself in poor health.
Excuses for eating junk food around the holidays are great for destroying your investment of good health. Your immune system breaks down and illness jumps on in. It doesn’t have to stay that way. Think “INVESTMENT” and you can get right back on track again.
INVESTING IN YOUR MIND
An investment in your mind would be buying educational materials to read, study and grow with. Reading Scripture is the BEST investment you could possibly make for your mind. It is the manual for living, words lived out and exampled every single day.
I LOVE the Word of God and invest in it every single day because its more for the spirit than for the mind. The spirit is what guides us every single moment of every day. Most ignore it, but the wise hear it. When you read scripture, you’re investing in both mind and spirit.
The wisdom in course correcting a spiritual mistake is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. It’s supernatural and life-giving. Its what I like to call collaborating with God. If you don’t invest in your mind and spirit, you’ll never know how to course correct. Keep growing.
There are numerous people who often make fun of those who are constantly learning. People who’ll be annoyed by those who go after more degrees or go to seminars often. The important thing to note, however, is that if you’re not growing your mind, then you’re likely letting it die. We use approximately 10% of our minds according to science. That means we’ve got so much room to grow, which is why I created these 10 free tools to help you expand your mind.
We are meant to learn and grow and to keep moving. Why should we expect someone else to invest in their education if we’re not willing to be the example?
INVESTMENTS OF TIME
While most people invest their time intentionally, I hear numerous people complain about never having enough time in the day. The truth is, we all have the same exact 24 hours. Its what you do with that time that makes a difference.
The investment of time is one of the greatest investments you can ever make. While people are on their death beds, the one thing they wished they had done was spent more time with loved ones. I sat at the bedside of many people taking their last breath, this is how I know.
“Spend time with your family.” They’d say. “Leave work at work while you’re with your family.” “Turn off technology.”
Wise words I’d say.
- How will you spend your time?
- Who will you spend it with?
- What will you do when you’re there?
- Why is spending that time important?
A few questions to ponder regarding time.
INVESTING IN YOUR HOME
An investment in your home may mean updating it, or putting landscaping around it, or not buying it at full price but at a lower rate so you can have an ROI when you sell. You don’t have to have a mansion to invest in a nice home or spend tons of money to make your home nice, but investing in a family home can be a lot of fun.
If you looked at how and where you “spend”, all of your resources, you might see that investing, rather than spending, gives you a very different perspective on an area of your life. One makes you poor, the other makes you prosper.
God wants you to prosper!
Oh- one final thought about investments: They often take time to mature – so be patient with yourself. 🙂 And check out the tool about having a healthy money mindset while you’re at it.
Let me know what area you struggle with the most and how its affected you. I read and respond to all comments.