Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you’ve said “I can’t afford that”, but what you really meant to say is that you haven’t made “that” a priority? Of course there really are things you can’t afford, but many times we can afford things but we say we can’t. Why do you think that is?
To me it all boils down to our priorities. We will make sure we can afford the things we make our priorities, but we will offhandedly say we can’t afford anything that we could care less about. For instance, imagine our son tells us he would like to go to summer camp. Would you tell him you can’t afford it or would you be willing to forfeit a few restaurant meals to ensure you could afford to send your son to camp?
If we are honest with ourselves, I hope we will examine our priorities and find out if we are using our money in the best way possible to meet our goals but also to ensure that we are not hoarding all of our financial resources. We need to think of others and not just ourselves.
Think about it. There are a lot of times that we would say no to giving a donation to a worthy cause but yet would not think twice about eating at an expensive restaurant. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself and spending money on yourself, but there is something wrong if we decide to spend every penny we earn on ourselves and never think of those who are less fortunate.
No matter how little or much money we make, I believe it is our responsibility to be good stewards of what we have. It’s important to enjoy the fruit of our labor as well as to share our resources with others. And the neat thing about giving is that when you give you end up receiving way more than you could ever imagine.