Instructions to ChicagoNow bloggers: Welcome to ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is this morning’s challenge:
“Write about how you view money and/or the role it has played in your life.”
I don’t believe that money is the root of all evil, as the popular saying goes, because this is actually a misquote of the Bible. Money is not the problem. It’s the LOVE or the PURSUIT of money that wreaks havoc in the world and the souls of men and women.
No one is considered a bad guy for having it. It’s all in the way you acquire it, what you do with it, the lengths you’re willing to go to in order to keep it. And how much time you spend thinking about it. Or worrying about it. Even though I know this idea is commonly misinterpreted, I must admit that I am still guilty of it in the literal sense.
I care too much about trying to make money.
There. I’ve said it. I’m not proud of it. But I’m not completely ashamed of it either.
Yes, it’s true. I’m always running after this American Dream they keep telling me about. It just seems to keep running a couple of steps faster. Well, maybe not a couple of steps. More like a couple hundred.
But to be honest, I’m not chasing money for the luxury of just having it laying around. My money pursuit is more on the level of the “survival kind.” Keeping the lights on. Keeping mortgage paid. Keeping the (shared) car running. Eating, you know, food on a regular basis.
I come from a moderately religious background. I learned that God provides for me but I also learned I’m not supposed to be lazy and wait for it to come. So I find myself in a constant struggle between living out Bible verses--mainly these three:
- “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Matthew 6:31)
- Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
- God helps those who help themselves.
But guess what? I just found out that last one is not even in the Bible. So, does that mean I should focus on the first two and stop worrying so much about my daily bread? Hmmm, could be. But I don’t know.
I believe in God’s grace and His mercy. And I’m SO GLAD our blessings are NOT based on getting just what we deserve (I would be in SO MUCH trouble). But it just seems to me that putting in effort is what God expects us to do to work toward the kind life that would make our time here worth living. I don't know the answer. But while I try to figure it out, let me go make this payment to Peoples Gas. It's winter in Chicago and I'm not in Heaven yet.
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