Do you want freedom? Stop spending money.
Think about it. What are you doing today? Is it something worth doing?
Chances are, you’re working at a job, not because it’s meaningful, but because it pays well. You might be working in an office cubicle, attending a business meeting, or sitting in a classroom. Whatever it is, it’s not important–you’re doing it just to earn more money. And if you don’t take control of the situation today, you might be sitting in that same place thirty years from now.
Imagine what would happen if all your living expenses dropped to $0. You wouldn’t need to earn money anymore because you have no expenses. Would you still keep your job? What would you do with the extra time?
I used to measure a person’s success based on his salary. I worked hard at school so I could have a high paying job. Then I’d turn around and squander my money on stuff that doesn’t matter.
Deep down, I didn’t really care about stuff. But sure enough, my money was being siphoned away and spent on laptops, cars, restaurants, and housing.
I didn’t think of myself as being wasteful: it hurt my ego too much. I had friends who spent far more than I did, so I found many ways to justify myself.
It only got worse when I bought practical items. Last year, I bought a new computer under the pretense that it would make me more productive. I was the runner who blamed his shoes. I told myself that I needed the best equipment possible to get work done. The truth, though, was that I usually needed far less than what I wanted.
True wealth isn’t about the possessions you own, and happiness isn’t about having a mansion with a white picket fence. Most of us understand this intuitively, but with the way we spend our money, it’s hard to tell. We dedicate our working hours to earning money, and we dedicate our leisure hours to spending it. Whether we care to admit it or not, we’ve created a culture that glamorizes and glorifies shopping.
Money is a form of time. When we waste money, we’re really wasting time. But time is precious: there are only so many hours for us to waste. Once it’s gone, you can never get it back. Time is too precious to waste on meaningless consumption.
If we seek out Christ with our time and money, it will last for an eternity. For those of us who are Christians, let’s use our new-found freedom for ministry, for reaching out to the lost, for loving our neighbor, rather than for monetary possessions. Life is short; don’t waste it.
Imagine if we could regain our freedom to focus on what’s important and meaningful in life. What an impact it could make.