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Can Money Fulfill Your Life?

Can Money Fulfill Your Life?


It’s often baffling how most people who win the lottery end up broke in just a few years. If these winners would just save more than they spend, their money would have lasted a lot longer and even many generations in some cases. But they don’t do that. Instead, they consume (and give) until their resources are spent. Why is that?

You’ve heard the saying, “Money can’t buy you happiness.” But can it buy you the things that lead to happiness? We talk an awful lot about purpose and the meaning of life, so today I want to explore whether money can bring you fulfillment. Of course, having money isn’t a problem solver on its own, but having savings for retirement, a paid-for home, and the freedom to follow your passions sounds a lot more promising.

The Lottery Roadblock

Let’s say that you win the lottery today. What does your life look like? You’d probably quit your job, maybe thank some friends and family, and then see how you can make your life better. And then what? You’ve made it to the top. What do you do next? I think this is the part where most hit a roadblock.

Brands tell you that their luxurious products will make you feel great, but it’s not long until you realise that they are spouting empty and bitter promises. This is because luxury is just slightly better than nice. After all, a great house is just a couple more rooms than a nice home. A great car is just a little faster than a nice one. Money can get you all of this, but there’s nothing left when you have it all.

Security Comes with Fear of Losing It

So, we know that money can buy products, but the products can’t give us fulfillment. What about security?  I think that there is a lot more merit with this one. If you win the lottery and you use it to pay off all your debts, fund your retirement, and make sure that you are protected, you can then focus on your passions.

However, we stress about money when we don’t have it, and then when we finally receive wealth, we worry about losing it. If you’re relying on money to give you security and peace, there’s always the risk that your investments will go bad, your riches get stolen, or the world just goes south in general. Counting on money for protection is like counting on a parachute. There’s a reason why they have a backup, and that’s because they both fail.

What Can Fulfill Your Life?

If you’re living in a cramped home in a bad neighborhood, a better house will increase your quality of life. If you are struggling to make ends meet and you pay off your debts, your life will get better. But there is just something missing. Life is more than having it easy, even though we all deeply desire that. We don’t want the struggle and the pain. We just want the victory.

It doesn’t matter what money can get you, those will also leave you wanting more. You can win the lottery 10 times over, and still feel empty inside. So, what are we to do? If we can’t trust money to give us happiness or more than temporary security, then we need to turn to the One who can. As the Bible puts it:

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

You can do great things with your money, but it cannot fulfill your life. It can save you from a lot of trouble, but the only promise for protection and security is God. He wants you to live a fulfilled life. In order to do that, you need more than an improved financial situation. You need to first trust Him. And when you do that, you will find that the best way to lead your money is to live and give the way God intended.

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