Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Wealth is more than money

Being wealthy is about more than our income, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and so on. There are a number of different things that factor into becoming a Rich Christian, such as:
  1. Strong relationships with God, spouse, family members, friends, etc. (it's a well known statistical fact that intact families are wealthier than broken homes)
  2. Health - sound body and mind (in today's world of expensive health care, it's hard to put a price tag on this!)
  3. Time - those that have more discretionary time to spend with family and pursuing other interests are extremely wealthy!
  4. Owning assets (especially debt-free ones) such as businesses, rental properties, other investments.
  5. Great career or business that brings about the realization of life purpose, joy, and fulfillment.
  6. Location where you live (many years ago, I lived in Florida near the beach. Even though I was dirt poor, I felt like a millionaire living in a tropical paradise!).
  7. Talents and abilities the Lord has given you. These along with a healthy, intelligent mind will be your greatest asset in wealth creation.

If you can balance out these 7 items with a large cash flow, you can consider yourself extremely wealthy!

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