CHANGE For a Better Tomorrow

Money Is… What You Make of It

When I was a child, my older brother had a jar he used to throw loose change into at the end of each day. Around the jar, written in pen, were the words “CHANGE For a Better Tomorrow”.

Back then, I thought it was smart to invest a little spare change in the future (and, of course, I really appreciated his pun); so, overall, I thought his spare change jar was a pretty good idea. Now that I’m an adult, I still think doing something useful with loose change is a good idea—in fact, my wife and I regularly collect our change and turn it into gift cards for the movies. But I’m not sure a spare change jar is the *best* approach people can take toward investing in the future…mainly because it isn’t very systematic, and it doesn’t add up very fast.

This October we are going to talk about how we invest our money. John Wesley, who is one of the founders of Methodism, teaches that money is neither bad nor good, evil nor virtuous, useless nor helpful, but is nothing more – or less – than what people make of it. In fact, Wesley said money can be used for great good, that it can become “food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, raiment for the naked. It gives to the stranger where to lay his head. By it we may supply the place of an husband to the widow, and of a father to the fatherless; we may be a defence for the oppressed, a means of health to the sick, of ease to them that are in pain. It may be as eyes to the blind, as feet to the lame; yea, a lifter up from the gates of death.”

The question as to what our money will become is only answered by how we choose to spend it. So this October we are going to talk about how we choose to spend the wealth we have. We will learn about Wesley’s 3 rules for the use of money, and ask how they relate to the world we live in. While we consider this, I invite you to think about your own personal spending habits, and ask yourself: Are you investing your money in the things you really want to be investing in?

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