Being poor sucks!
I’m fully aware that our situation growing up could have been worse but no lie it was rough. My mother always did the best she could to shield us from knowing we were poor and I thank her for that but we still knew.
When you grow up poor you always think in the back of your mind “if I only had money. . .” So you grow up and work hard so that you don’t have to feel like things don’t come easy. You work hard so you and your children wont feel the embarrassment of not having what the next guy has. You work hard so that eventually there isn’t anything you can’t buy.
I’ve been reminded lately that money can’t buy happiness. Of course you grow up hearing that but when you’re poor it’s just something rich people say. Here’s what I know; money can’t buy you peace of mind. Money can’t teach you how to appreciate people or have manners. Money can’t make you love unconditionally. Money doesn’t fix everything.
In the words of the former Notorious B.I.G. (may he rest in peace) “mo money, mo problems”.
In fact, money can actually be the cause for unhappiness.
Learning to be frugal is important in this day in age. Handmade gifts are heartfelt and appreciated. Having to hustle to get the money for the thing you can’t afford shows initiative and teaches you to appreciate the little things. Lessons are lost when we have too much.
I struggle at times to change the “if I only had money” mentality. I guess my real struggle is learning to put my trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of the drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
My prayer for those of us who struggle with fear of the unknown is to be as “tree planted by the waters”; to be firm and unyielding in our hope and trust in God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight. Prov. 3:5-6