“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” — Matthew 6:21
When you spend significant money on your home, it shows how important your living environment is for you and your family. Your education may require a large amount of money. That shows how important knowledge is to you. If you spend a share of your money helping others, it shows you care about other people.
Of course, you are expected to spend some money on personal desires like automobiles, vacations, and dining out. We all need to take the time to evaluate how we use our resources. How we use our resources is a good indication of what we value. If we truly care about our family members, friends, neighbors, or people of need; will we allocate a percentage of our resources to them?
When I was in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, I was able to travel to many places. I was a pilot and served in many locations. I learned so much about how people live and I saw different values from all those experiences. I had three children, two girls, and one boy. I decided I wanted my children to experience other cultures. It was very expensive, but I knew it was important.
I took my son on backpacking trips in South America, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand. My daughters were more interested in staying in hotels instead of sleeping in a tent. I took my daughters to England, France, Germany, Yogoslavia, Italy, Greece, and Hawaii.
Of course, it took many trips to visit all those locations. The trips required a lot of money, but the experience my children had was well worth the cost. Those trips were over twenty years ago and I still have good feelings when I talk about them with my children. Knowing the impact I had on their lives was worth much more than having a nicer car or living in a rich neighborhood.
I feel more satisfaction from helping someone in need than I do from growing my bank account. I am grateful that I was taught the lesson of helping others when I was young. I was fortunate to have a mother and father who cared about other people more than themselves. I wish everyone was as fortunate as I was.
How we spend our money is important. We can use our spending patterns to evaluate what our priorities are. We always have time to change our values and focus on those most important to us.