MKMMA Week 23 – Money
Some people say that money is the root of all evil. Some even believe this is a Biblical thought. Is it?
Imagine you had no money at all. If you were still living with your parents, that would not be a problem as they could supply all your needs. What value is money? You can’t eat it. You can’t wear it. It doesn’t keep you warm (unless you burn it). What is its value?
Let’s check that Bible reference (I Timothy 6:9-11):
9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (emphasis added)
So, chasing money can lead you into a trap. Note that having money is not the problem. Loving money is. Money is a medium of exchange, a tool. As we learn in Haanel’s chapter 23,
In the part which I have the honor to transmit herewith you will find that money weaves itself into the entire fabric of our very existence; that the law of success is service; that we get what we give, and for this reason we should consider it a great privilege to be able to give. .. It is inevitable that the entertainment of positive, constructive and unselfish thoughts should have a far-reaching effect for good. Compensation is the keynote of the universe. Nature is constantly seeking to strike an equilibrium. Where something is sent out something must be received; else there should be a vacuum formed. (emphasis added)
Everything starts with service. Consider these points from Haanel:
3. We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by
making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. The first law
of success then is service, and this in turn is built on integrity and justice. The man
who at least is not fair in his intention is simply ignorant; he has missed the
fundamental law of all exchange; he is impossible; he will lose surely and certainly;
he may not know it; he may think he is winning, but he is doomed to certain
defeat. He cannot cheat the Infinite. The law of compensation will demand of him
an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. (emphasis added)
6. A generous thought is filled with strength and vitality, a selfish thought contains
the germs of dissolution; it will disintegrate and pass away. Great financiers are
simply channels for the distribution of wealth; enormous amounts come and go, but
it would be as dangerous to stop the outgo as the income; both ends must remain
open; and so our greatest success will come as we recognize that it is just as
essential to give as to get. (emphasis added)
22. This week concentrate on the fact that man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body, and that it is for this reason that his desires are incapable of any permanent satisfaction in anything not spiritual. Money is therefore of no value except to bring about the conditions which we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical .(emphasis added)
The Master Teacher put it perfectly when He said (Matthew 6:31-34):
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Remember you are made from God stuff, of the same essence. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body (for now). You connect to your body through your soul and you connect to the physical through your body, but you are already connected to the Universal Spirit, Who is your Origin and Source.