"The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."
(1 Timothy 6:10)
Let take a moment to consider what that says, and what it does not say.
The verse does NOT say is that money is bad, or that love is bad.
There are people who say that money is inherently bad, because it is capable of doing such evil.
I disagree with that entirely. Money is like any other physical part of creation. Bits of paper with ink on them. Coins made of silver, gold, copper, or whatever. What it does depends on what we want it to do, the way we think about it.
The problem is not the money; the problem is the attitude we take towards that money. The search for money can take over our lives. It can drive us into jobs, even soul-less jobs, so that we can make more money. So we can buy clothes, and houses, and cars. We can become people who work hours of unpaid overtime for the sake of having a job that gives lots of money. (That's how you "do more with less"; unpaid overtime.)
It's true that we all need places to live. But mansions with three-car garages? How about an apartment? And do we truly need a BMW as a status symbol, or will an economical Ford, or Chevy, or Honda do just fine to get us from place to place?
The Occupy movement has clearly identified the "One Per Cent," the billionaires whose lives are nothing like those of the ordinary folks. The people who seem to be busy making money only for the sake of having more money, and who will do so no matter who they hurt or destroy. Strange; very strange.
I try to make a point of loving people rather than money. I try to use the word "enough" regularly, as in "we have enough." I hope more of us can say that, often.
Blessings and Bear hugs, friends.
P.S.: "Love will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no love."
~ The Girls Next Door.
AddendumWe were supposed to get three days of snow over the weekend. But we got nary a flake! Not only that, spring is beginning to clear the ground. (These pictures were taken of the ground just across the river from us.)
I suspect we may get a big spring storm, but I hope not. Especially for the sake of the new-born calves out in the fields.