Forget about those get rich quick schemes. Saving slowly by cutting out non-essentials, investing broadly, and establishing an emergency fund will pay off in the long run.
"Get rich quick” schemes are everywhere. Late night cable teaches us that we can earn millions if we just buy this or that video set. Guru wannabes claim we never have to put in more effort than lifting a finger. Is this all true? Is it probable that we can reach fame and wealth overnight? Not likely.
Americans live in a microwave culture – we want things and we want them now! But what does the Bible teach? How are we to obtain wealth? Little by little!
“Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” -Proverbs 13:11 NIV
Here’s how The Message reads:
“Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off.”
So many people try to get ahead in life by winning the lotto, gambling in day trading, or betting at the casino. But as easily as the money can come, it goes – and fast. Instead, what if there was a surefire way to build wealth? What if there was a method that almost certainly produces riches?
I believe that formula is Patience + Hard Work. One Fruit of the Spirit is patience (Galatians 5:22). Why be in an absolute rush to obtain wealth? I’m not claiming all of us should be lackadaisical and give up on trying to produce more money. But what I am saying is that we should not be so zealous that we forget what really matters in life.
What methods should one use to build wealth with time? Here are a few ideas:
Remember, it’s all about Patience + Hard Work. We’ve covered the patience part, but what about hard work? I’m convinced that hard work is the means by which God allows us to discover our full potential. Hard work builds our self-confidence and can be an income-producing machine. Easy money easily goes. Hard-earned money tends to stick around.
We’ve all seen or heard of those who walk into a casino and easily win big money. In their greed, they turn right back around and waste it away. They end up with less money than they walked in with. Why does this happen so often? Quick money blinds us to the true value of money. Quick money compels us to try to get more money quickly. As we pursue even greater riches, we trip and fall.
Why gather money little by little? So it doesn’t dwindle away. Gathering slowly will build our character and ensure that our riches aren’t temporary – but lasting.
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