Do you earn wages only to put them into a bag with a hole in it? Haggai 1:6
This scripture reminds me of how quickly my wages slip through my fingers. And it begs the question, “Am I working to live, or living to work?”
Unfortunately, too often I must answer in the latter.
But the opening verse in this blog offers a positive frame for me to base better decisions on. It causes me step back and evaluate how I’m investing my time. It helps me decide to work to live.
I do this by asking myself a series of questions:
- Am I spending more than I earn?
- Do I need to readjust my budget?
- How long does it take me to earn the amount of money it will cost to do something I’m considering?
- Am I robbing God, and therefore, robbing myself? (Malachi 3:8-12)
Our wages are a gift, but one we need to treat with the greatest care. In addition to how we behave on the job, the actions we carry home with our paychecks determine how much money we have in our hands. By deciding to sew up the holes in our habits, we can save more of what we earn.
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is an Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author of the upcoming book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASS for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.