Would it be your children? Your spouse? Your health and well-being?
Few would admit that money is the most valued thing in their life. Yes, we know money is an important/necessary part of modern life. But our western culture has made money a near deity in the last few generations. In many arenas we still profess that doing, and doing, and doing for the sole purpose of creating more streams of money will eject our woes and create happiness or at least peace.
We know that peace creation through money isn’t always true though, don’t we?
Yes, I know several wealthy families who appear to be excellent stewards of their wealth. We’ve befriended one family for many years, watching their children grow to young adulthood. I enjoyed a grand chuckle with the wife/ mother when her son turned 16 and obtained his drivers license. Son kind of (sort of) expected the gift of a brand-spanking-new car, something Mom and Dad could easily afford.
Mom gave Son the keys to her van that she’d chauffeured him and his friends around for years. She wanted to upgrade to a sedan so it was a perfect gift to a new driver. Son was hurt that she wanted to “dump” her ugly van on him. Mom smiled and said, “Well, I guess you’ll be taking the bus to school and I will sell the van to some other young person.” Within a few months of driving beat-up van (he’d rather be boiled in oil than take the bus to school), Son was enthralled cause his friends thought it was the coolest ride!
We know people who have sufficient income for a clean home to live, food each day and other necessities of safety, living within their means and also teaching their children positive money (and life) stewardship through similar living example.
Isn’t good stewardship of your tangibles (children, health, marriage) along with your intangibles (money), truly measuring success beyond the number of bank notes you possess?