One thing this economic downturn is teaching me is the uncertainty of riches. Not that I am or was RICH, but we always lived a comfortable, debt-free life. Paul advises Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:17 to charge the rich of the world not to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches.
Good paying jobs with all the fringe benefits can be gone in the blink of an eye. Investments, even in once well established companies, can disappear overnight with just one bad move or disaster. Paul goes on to tell us in the next verse to be rich in doing good and being generous.
Nothing is certain in this world but God and His love for us. We are to put our hope in him, not our riches or the government. Verse 8 tells us if we have food and clothing, we should be content. That’s a hard thing to achieve in our society, but it’s definitely gotten a little easier lately.
I see my philosophy on money management changing a little. Living debt-free throughout our marriage has certainly been a good thing. But there have been things we haven’t done, both for ourselves and others, because we didn’t think we could afford it, that I now wish we had.
We aren’t going to stop saving money for retirement, etc., but we aren’t going to put our hope in it.