2017-05-31 - Lasting Wealth
In the last few years, I have noticed a trend in places like Title Max, Fast Loans, or Cash America around town. Just to mention a few, one of them used to be a Maytag store, one was a Chinese restaurant and another had once operated as a Volkswagen sales and repair business. While there are still more businesses with labor and product production jobs, there are many more kinds of establishments locally and online that simply offer “quick cash”. I am not a financial expert, yet wonder how we can build a strong economic base when the businesses don’t turn out as much product or service, creating the supply and demand needed for vibrancy economically speaking. Sure, virtual business does often include product as well as ideas and reduces overhead with lower costs to the buyer not needing a separate physical place to sell products, but quick cash and title loan places are a different concept. It’s simply borrowing money, getting in quickly with a higher amount repaid for the convenience of getting it with less restriction.
I believe that used to be referred to as a loan shark when I was growing up. The only clear difference between today’s “quick cash” places and the sharks is they are legally charging high interest rates to be repaid for the use of different amounts of money and I suppose they don’t actually send someone to blacken your eyes or break some bones in your body, if you miss a payment. Most everyone struggles at times with finances, yet today’s society seems to lean toward not waiting or working with the contemplation of saving for much of anything. When there are places every other block that are promising to give it to you right now, why wait? And this doesn’t seem harmful generally; however, after some time the economic repercussions can fan out to many and eventually show up in the unemployment rates. We need to build a strong economic foundation, and that requires working in order to move products and provide services to communities so there continues to be more for others to do in the future.
Likewise, a strong foundation of truth is what God has given us to build us up, spiritually speaking. When we as believers fill our minds with God’s commands, precepts and statutes, to better understand how God thinks, we are laying the groundwork that allows us to live those ideas and in turn share it with others. When we live it and others see it, the impact is growth in a life of hope in the everlasting with our maker. There’s something worth moving toward! The difference is the Father wants us to be mindful with our actions and choices as he was, when he formed the world and put us in it. We just need to seek Him through the word he gave us, prayer (just talk to Him!) and showing ourselves to be willing servants most interested in doing His will and not ours. The reward is priceless!
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” (Matthew 7:24-26 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.