Conquer money to find freedom

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    Recently, we conducted an interview with Mrs IbukunAwosika. Her interview was one that I particularly liked reading because she said many things that made me take a step back to think. To say her thoughts are stimulating is putting it lightly.
    But one thing she said that really stood out for me was when she spoke about money.
    Yes, money!
    She said something that resonates with me. After reading and ruminating a bit over it, I felt it was necessary to also share my thoughts on it with a larger audience.
    Basically, she said (paraphrasing), “Money is not everything. There are many things money cannot buy and when we understand this, it demystifies money. It also helps us make the right decision at critical points in life.”
    This has always been my opinion. And I know you are probably thinking, “okay, we have heard this many times, we know money is not everything but I rather cry in a Lamborghini than on a bike.”
    I honestly have never understood this line of thinking; it usually amazes me when I hear it.
    I am not naive and I know life is full of ups and downs; it is a part of being in this world, but I would rather not cry at all and if money is going to make me cry, then I don’t want it.
    I don’t know about you but I choose happiness and more importantly, joy over money.
    The reason I have not really spoken about this earlier was that I am not yet rich. My bank account is largely nothing to write home about. So when I talk about this, it might seem like I’m hating on those who are rich or I don’t know what I’m talking about; after all, I don’t know what it means to be rich.
    But at least, I can quote someone who I know has a lot more than I do but is saying money is not everything. If I don’t know what I am talking about, at least we know she does. She is someone we know is relatively rich and she is saying money is not everything. Surely, there is something she knows that would make her say that.
    Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying money is evil or wanting money is a bad thing. I would never say thatafter all, even the Bible says money answereth all things (KJV).
    I want to have money and a lot of it, in fact. If that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t have a full-time job and per-time job and still constantly looking for side hustles I can put my hands into that would make me money. I want to buy a house for myself one day, it is a dream I have forever carried with me and I need money to do that.
    So I couldn’t be against making money; that would make me a hypocrite.
    What I personally seek to see in my life is see myself demystify money; I want to get to a point in my life where money doesn’t rule my actions, where I do not have a price or can be bought.
    I do not want to ever be in a situation where I can do anything for money or to make money or where, putting it quite bluntly, I become a slave to money.
    I think it is clear by now that I have obviously really thought about this and when I did, one of the things I discovered is that money is one of the major problems we have as humans; people kill, cheat, betray, bully, steal, lie all for money.
    I feel like if a man can demystify money, if a man can get to a point where he doesn’t elevate money so high, he would have conquered 90% – if not more – of human vices.
    When Jesus was talking to his disciples in Matt 6:24, he said, “You cannot serve God and mammon.” We would expect him to say the devil because based on our thinking if you are not serving God, you are serving the devil.
    For many years, I thought mammon was another name for the devil; I was wrong. Mammon is actually an idea of money and the simpler versions say money instead of mammon.
    Why would Jesus use money as the next thing you will be serving if you are not serving him? Until Pastor KunleSoriyan preached on it, I didn’t get it. It is because money is actually the next thing competing with God for our lives; the devil is not even our problem. That’s why he doesn’t present himself to us to serve, he presents what he knows we can’t resist; money. And since he will be the supplier, in this case, we would ultimately be serving him.
    You see why I say all you have to do is conquer money to find freedom.
    Money is there to be a servant, to be sent on errands and not to rule our actions. Money should be a servant, not a master. Until we get this understanding and actually live it, we will constantly find ourselves answering to money and not the other way round.
    I honestly haven’t gotten there yet. But I want to and I am constantly praying to God to help me get there because naturally, my flesh doesn’t want that and WITHOUT HIM, I CAN DO NOTHING.
    I made this post about what I want and not about what I think you should want because ultimately, we all have the freedom to make our own choices but I hope you make the one that leads to life.
    Written by Ayandola Ayanleke
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