“Laughter and bread go together, and wine gives sparkle to life— but it’s money that makes the world go around. ”Ecclesiastes 10:19
I’ve never been comfortable with money. Perhaps it’s from growing up in a home with a lower social economic level. We weren’t poor, because we always had a roof over our heads and plenty of food for our bellies. However, you didn’t ask for anything you didn’t need. I received one gift at Christmas and one for my birthday. We were happy for what had.
I began to earn my own money at the age of eleven by babysitting. One year I recorded every penny I collected and had made around $300, which calculated at $.35 an hour means I worked nearly a thousand hours caring for kids. With my money I purchased my school supplies, hygiene products, and some clothing. Mr. Ambrose, a wise retailer in Nevada, Iowa, allowed customers to charge items. One time I needed a new blouse and asked if I could charge it. He said, “Certainly, but remember it’s no fun to pay for something worn out.”
Money does make the world go around. However, in Ecclesiastes 7:11, Solomon says, “Wisdom is better when it’s paired with money, especially if you get both while you’re still living.” I continue to deal money—especially when I get cash and it doesn’t last long. I don’t fear running out of money as long as people with wisdom don’t mess with Social Security.
Lord, give us wisdom and resources just right for our needs. Amen.