Activated - - NEWS - By Marie Alvero Marie Alvero is a for­mer mis­sion­ary to Africa and Mex­ico. She cur­rently lives a happy, busy life with her hus­band and chil­dren in Cen­tral Texas, USA.

A re­cent study done by Charles Sch­wab showed that in the United States, $2.4 mil­lion is the num­ber that makes a house­hold feel wealthy, and just over $1 mil­lion is what it takes to feel “com­fort­able.” Sadly, that means that only about 10% of the pop­u­la­tion in the United States is “com­fort­able.” And then there’s the rest of us! And re­gard­less of where a house­hold fell on the in­come spec­trum, nearly ev­ery house­hold re­ported “need­ing” just a lit­tle bit more. Never mind the vast ma­jor­ity of the world’s pop­u­la­tion liv­ing in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, where such amounts would be con­sid­ered vast for­tunes ac­ces­si­ble only to the wealth­i­est.

I’ve been one of those peo­ple who con­stantly thought we needed a lit­tle bit more. I went on a steep curve in learn­ing how to man­age my money in­stead of let­ting my money man­age me. A lit­tle dig­ging into the Bible has helped me set up a bet­ter frame­work for our fi­nances. Here are few things the Bible makes clear: My money be­longs to God.

Ev­ery­thing we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!— 1 Chron­i­cles 29:14 NLT The love of money leads to dis­sat­is­fac­tion and danger.

Those who love money will never have enough. How mean­ing­less to think that wealth brings true hap­pi­ness!— Ec­cle­si­astes 5:10 NLT Choose virtue over wealth.

It is bet­ter to live right and be poor than to be sin­ful and rich. —Psalm 37:16 CEV Gen­eros­ity is part of the re­spon­si­bil­ity of hav­ing money.

If some­one has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sis­ter in need but shows no com­pas­sion—how

can God’s love be in that per­son? —1 John 3:17 NLT Do not bor­row fool­ishly. The bor­rower is ser­vant to the lender.— Proverbs 22:7 Do not put faith in money.

Warn the rich peo­ple of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is eas­ily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with ev­ery­thing we need to en­joy life.— 1 Ti­mothy 6:17 CEV

This is by no means an ex­haus­tive list of Bible verses. In fact, the Bible talks quite a bit on the sub­ject of money. A pop­u­lar take­away from Chris­tian­ity is that money is evil or that God is against wealth. This is not true.

Money is nei­ther good nor evil. But how we use or mis­use it re­veals our own na­ture. God’s Word pro­vides the prin­ci­ples for a healthy ap­proach to fi­nances. Ap­ply­ing these con­cepts has helped our fam­ily nav­i­gate and man­age our money is­sues, whether we’re deal­ing with lack or plenty.

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