Today is Monday, and on Mondays, I receive newsletters from Bro. Bo Sanchez, newsletters that never disappoint – whether they be about spirituality or the journey to financial freedom. This particular Monday, his newsletter was entitled “Yes, God Will Give You Earthly Rewards!” Yes, with an exclamation point!
Now, this may have been something I would readily have frowned at when I was younger. Those days, as far as I was concerned, those who embraced poverty were blessed. Poverty, in this context, means the lack of material things, so much so that if push comes to shove, one had to resort to begging to satisfy his needs.
I was clearly naïve and inexperienced then.
On the flipside, you can be rich but still poor in spirit. Meaning, you may have everything material imaginable but are not attached to them. Instead, you regard them as instruments to uplift the lives of those who are in greater need of them.
Money = materialism?
Money doesn’t always equate to materialism. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again now, money is neither good nor bad. Money is nothing more than a tool, much like a hammer. A hammer can be used to either build or kill. Money becomes good or bad depending on the motives of the person who possesses it.
Are you planting?
Going back to Bro. Bro’s article, a lot of people envy the rich. Well, maybe not the rich themselves, but what the rich people have. They envy the big houses, the cars, the freedom to fly to exotic destinations at the drop of a coin, even the influence that comes with being rich. But what these people fail to realize is that there’s work to be done to become rich, especially if you weren’t born rich.
This line from the article, in my opinion, says it all: If you lack earthly rewards, perhaps you’re not planting.
Job = prosperity?
Having a job doesn’t necessarily equate to a healthy financial life. And what may be more shocking is this: Having a HIGH-PAYING job doesn’t necessarily equal prosperity. Having a job sure helps a lot, but the ability to properly manage your cash flow, the ability to delay gratification, to stay away from bad debt, to know the difference between assets and liabilities makes a truckload of difference.
Are you planting?
December, for most employed Filipinos, is bonus month. And as per a comment made by an FB friend, one telltale sign that some female employees have already received their 13th month pay is their newly salon-treated mane of hair. Sure, there is no harm in that. It’s even healthy to go to a salon for some pampering every now and then, but the question is, are you also investing in your future?
You may read Bro. Bo Sanchez’s full article here.
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