Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Time to examine your priorities.
Written by Matt Wegner Founder and Lead Counselor, Matt Wegner Financial Coaching, www.financialexcellence.net
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) It’s been said that you can learn a lot about someone by looking through their trash. I don’t think you have to go to such extent. It’s pretty easy to see where someone’s heart is by simply looking at their belongings. Do you have that neighbor that spends all his time waxing his three sports cars every weekend? Do you know someone that’s spent more on his bass boat than his retirement plan? How about the hunting enthusiast who has every weapon, tool or gadget known to man but can’t keep his lights on because he is late on his payments? Or the sister-in-law who has enough shoes and clothes to outfit a small army but doesn’t have enough spare change to drop a few coins in the red kettle at Christmas time? Where do you think their heart is? It’s pretty obvious their heart is in their earthly treasures.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with following your passions and dreams to have a good balance in life. I want you to have the things that make you happy. But the keys here are balance and defining happiness. Let’s define happiness for a moment. You can’t buy happiness. You can buy a lot of fun, but there’s always that burning desire for more, for something bigger and better. More money or more “stuff” won’t get you the long-lasting happiness that everyone seeks. The happiest people don’t have everything they want. They want everything they have.
Now bring in the balance. We are constantly making excuses for lack of action in different areas of our lives. I often hear that we just don’t have time to sit down and do a budget together, or to track our spending, or to work out, or, or, or. But more often than not the truth is that we have plenty of time. We just don’t use that time wisely. Think about how much time you spend watching television or talking on the phone? What if you spent that much time and energy on your finances or your family? Now there’s an idea. Think of all the things you could accomplish if you turn off the t.v. one or two hours a week. Finding a good balance in your life comes from examining your priorities and deciding what is truly important, then living according to those priorities.
If you’re not sure where your priorities are, look at your check register and see where your money is going. Your treasures will be stick out like a sore thumb if you take a step back and look at it objectively. This Christmas, take some time to examine where your treasures are and ask yourself if your heart is in the right place. When your heart changes to the right place, the right treasures are not far behind.
– Matt Wegner