Thank you all who have taken the time to read my posts and liked or even shared them. You all have really helped to boost my confidence and given me the added motivation to push through the challenges of starting a home based business. I hope that as I continue to learn and grow, that I am able to inspire and motivate you in some way as well. With all this said, I have been contemplating a recent blog comment as it relates to my efforts in affiliate marketing.
Now, I do not consider myself to be very “religious” or a biblical scholar, but I do believe in God and Jesus Christ. I know that whatever I have comes from and through Him first! I also believe that we receive our blessings according to our thought patterns, “for as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Therefore, I am determined to renew my mind (through Him), focus and believe for a life of abundance. I posted this in a recent blog article. I later noticed a comment as follows: [ Matthew 6:19-20
Do not lay up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
So say’s the word of God.
Rather prosper in His love and mercy.
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money, have wondered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. ]
I am not sure of the intentions of the comment writer, as I did not directly respond. Everyone is entitled to his / her beliefs as well as interpretations of the Bible. Here are my thoughts on the subject of money:
1. Money is the means that provides for resources and options, basic needs, health/wellness, education, and more. These things of course are determined and imposed by our economic (dollars and cents) society. A man-made governing body to identify and control the quality of life of its citizens. Under this system the majority of its people have been led to believe that they can only be successful by being employed by someone else, who then determines working hours, family hours, and hours of recreation based on the needs of the employer. In turn the employee has very limited control over his financial abilities (living pay check to pay check), little say in the amount of quality time to spend with family, and often times feels trapped (chained like a slave) in a employed situation they can not stand. To make matters worse, the citizens are then led to believe that if they invest their money into the educational institutions, they will have a better chance at improving their lot in life (make more money). When in reality, the majority are only further chained to their employer, because now they have an abundance of debt that sometimes, takes a life time to pay off!. So no, I’m not in the practice of renewing my thoughts to work for myself for the love of money. I am determined to make a change to break the chains of employment, so that I can live a life of peace and prosperity as promised by God himself!
2. God has made several promises to me and others who believe. That I shall be a “lender and not a borrower” (Deuteronomy 28:12). That I shall be made “the head and not the tail” (Deuteronomy 28:13). That He / God, takes pleasure in my prosperity (Psalm 35:27). So as I am asking and seeking Him for a life of abundance, through creating and starting my own affiliate business, it is so I can break the chains of poverty (pay check to pay check living), live a life that glorifies God, so others can see his wonderful works within me, and to finally be able to be a financial blessing to others (my children, parents, friends, charities). As I am blessed, I wish to be able to bless others in a more significant way.
3. I do not believe that it is evil to have or to want money. I believe it is evil to have and want money to oppress, subjugate, and disparage others. It is evil to want money to gain privilege at the expense of the lives and or livelihood of others. It’s the people who love money for these reasons, that are the “root of all things evil” (1 Timothy 1:10). These evil things can be seen at work today, in corrupt, money hungry people.
So no, I’m not seeking to work for myself because I love money so much. After all, it’s just a piece of paper (a promissory not of tender) to gain access to things, resources, needed for survival and quality of life. What I do want and love, is the freedom from worldly struggles that unfortunately, only money can bring. What are your thoughts?