Surviving a Financial Crisis
A well-known research in 2010 had showed that people tend to feel happier the more money they make. Though some may say that money can't buy happiness, for some, money has a huge role to play on how they evaluate their lives. Money has a huge role to play on how they deal with their everyday activities.
Today, people are getting busier with everyday living. Nights were made into days. People work like there is point of stopping. There are even people who tend to apply for jobs eventhough it tramples and defiles their dignity all for the sake of earning. Parents having no more time with their children because of their jobs. Mental health, physical health, and even spiritual health were all compromised. A society that is obsessed with making money. But the bottom line is, where does this road leads people to?
Norman Cousins, editor of Saturday Review stated, "We are so busy extending ourselves and increasing the size and ornamentation of our personal kingdom that we have hardly considered that no age in history has had so many loose props under it as our own." People are so busy looking at their own problems that they failed to see the much bigger problem of society. The Bible teaches financial solutions to help people survive financial crisis.
1. We are God's stewards
The blessings that is given by God to us is not for our own use. By being stewards of God, we are bound to be faithful in our jobs. How deep a person's commitment to Christ will be revealed through how he manages his money.
2. God cares and provides
Philippians 4:19 "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." There are times when we are in the lowest of lows. Financial problems can come even in unexpected situations. But how do we deal with this?
When we have the confidence in God, we will have the assurance that in our hard times, in times when financial problems cripples us, He will be with us. God even cares for the birds how much more the humankind in which he sacrificed his son for.
3. Set priorities
Our happiness shouldn't depend on how much money we have. Money only gives temporary happiness and satisfaction. People who made money as their source of happiness will be greatly disappointed when tough times comes. Our confidence must be in the right place. We must have trust in God rather than trust in earthly possessions. Instead of spending money for buying hard to pronounce bags, shoes and clothes, start spending it for a greater cause. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV), "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."