Know the treasures of your heart

I try not to get too excited over materialistic things. I don’t want those things to settle as the treasure in my heart. I don’t splurge too much but when I do I really appreciate it. And if I feel like I splurge too much I have to justify it to myself; like I’m ashamed of treating myself. But it’s good to take care of yourself and to let go of money mindfully once in a while. There’s a difference between what you want and what you need.

Whenever I’m shopping I ask myself, do I need it or do I want it? And if I have to think about purchasing an item I don’t buy it. You shouldn’t have to question so much before a purchase. If you are, then you know in your heart that you don’t really need it.

Don’t “the hell with it, I'll buy it,” just because you’re unsettled. Then you’re wasting money on something you’re so-so about. Be hot or cold about something, not lukewarm. Be decisive and content.

My father would always tell us not to love things too much. Things come and go; they rot, go out of style or are forgotten once a new thing comes along. But when you treasure timeless things you will always be satisfied and content.

I used to have a strong hatred for money when I was a kid. I thought money was to blame for arguments, stress and problems. But really it’s the love of money that causes evil. Money is an object, but it can be seen as a god for many people; especially when culture promotes people to be financially successful so they can have the “best” things in life.

A pastor from my church once said, “Money is a tool.” It’s not something to hate or love, it’s something to use. Like it or not, money is an important tool to have in this world, but that’s not all we need in order to survive. We don’t have to center our moves or lives on money, or depend on money to be happy. Find joy by living your life with people you love, doing something you love and being free.

Be free from the chains of debt or the fear of losing money.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
—  Luke 12:34

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Edited April 2021


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