Most of what we know is simply a culmination of our experiences.
God uses those experiences to form us.
While I often point out the Biblical teachings that have formed my view of money, today I want to do something different and talk about events and activities that have shaped how I think about money.
If you participate in these types of events, I bet they will help change you, too.
Funerals make me introspective.
In a short service, your life is summarized and categorized by its fundamentals. Perhaps I’m just morbid, but funerals always help me put things in perspective.
- Am I spending time on things that really matter?
- Am I prioritizing things and giving attention to items with lasting value?
- Will there be an eternal reward for me?
Funerals make me realize that the game of building, storing, and accumulating is so silly.
Living five years in a developing nation has changed me.
When I went on my first short term mission trip, I remember God challenged me in so many ways to rethink my view of money.
- Is my obligation only to myself?
- How should I responsibly manage what I have?
- If God expects more from those to whom he gives more, then does God want me to be doing more?
I encourage anyone to go on a mission trip (especially to a developing country), as it ultimately helps you develop a godly world view.
Several years ago (or many years ago) I spent a day at MD Anderson in Houston (a hospital that specializes in cancer treatment).
During that day, I met several cancer patients who were afflicted by the disease at various levels.
That day changed me.
In the afternoon, I sat with a terminal patient who was saying good bye to his young kids. While I was there to be a support, I found there was little strength or guidance within me to offer this man.
Once again, it was a reminder of my mortality, but it also reaffirmed that life is too short for the mundane.
Working to pay the bills just doesn’t cut it with such a brief lifespan.
It made me want to be sure that I was investing my life in things that truly make a difference in the lives of others. Something that makes a contribution to the Kingdom of God.
While it might seem like these events have very little to do with money, they offer the perspective necessary to responsibly handle my money and career.
What events have transformed how you look at money?