We all have deep-rooted attitudes about money, many of which rob us of happiness and peace of mind. What’s worse is many of these assumptions are myths!
Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”
As a single young lady, working a job it is easy to allow money to have a higher value than it really is. Perhaps you’re living at home and have very little bills to pay. The money and freedom is nice – I know, I’ve been there. Or maybe you’re out on your own, trying to make ends meet. Either way these money myths can still flare up in your thinking from time to time.
Here are four common myths we begin believing about money:
1. Money equals happiness.
Who knows for sure that money does not bring happiness? Answer: people with loads of money. If your life outside of the financial realm doesn’t bring you more satisfaction than the idea of big bucks, you must realign your thinking about money.
2. Money equals importance.
God proved your worth by sacrificing the very life of His Son. The worth we can find in possessions is nothing compared to that sacrifice. Need designer clothes, purses, and shoes? It’s time for a value check.
3. Money equals fulfillment.
It’s not wrong to buy nice things for yourself or your family. But it’s wrong to love those nice things so much that you go into debt for them and give them too much importance. Money isn’t the root of all evil, but the love of money gets us into hot water every time. (1 Timothy 6:10)
4. We own our possessions.
According to the Bible, we don’t even own ourselves! God’s Word says we are bought with a price, and we are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The real secret to contentment is recognizing God’s ownership and giving Him control. When we do that, we are set free from stewing over money.
In all areas of life – money, singleness, work, church, relationships – aim for balance and most importantly, a godly perspective.
Jackie had the privilege of being raised in a pastor’s home where she was personally mentored by her mother. She has a passion for teaching and encouraging young ladies throughout their teenage years.
She and her husband, Chris, serve the Lord together at LVBC and currently have four children, Robby, Lauren, Daniel and Matthew.