Kindly forward to Tim

It was back in the school days, primary school, friends and I would borrow and lend computer games. There was a standard, one game for another- no matter how good your game was. Mom and dad never really knew the titles, but they knew how many we had. And so we had some freedom, we did not even realize the trade. No money involved, we traded with what we had.

It’s been a while, I’m an adult now and I work for money. I provide goods and/ or services and you provide me with a receipt- an official document, widely accepted by society to carry value- and we’re both happy. Because I do not have an apple tree, or the knowledge of tending to one, I can fulfill my need/want of an apple by using the receipt. This way of trade has its benefits.

But, this receipt (money) is not evenly distributed, and the communities who have the short side of the stick are faced with a problem. Businesses come to a standstill due to the lack of cash flow. Mothers and fathers forget that they can add and gain value without money. Let us not forget what cash is for.

Most teens won’t do anything without the motivation of capital gain, but soon forget what money is used for. I do extra chores so that I can obtain an extra two hundred, so that I can join friends at the cinema. But I wouldn’t ask mom for a movie ticket and some popcorn. Mom might have known someone who could have organized complimentary tickets for the entire group – fantasy, but there’s a chance.

If we cease to trade because we don’t have money, or the circulation thereof, we have a problem.

For instance, Guy has the equipment and enough skills to have earned the ‘Barber’ title. It is possible for him to cut hair without receiving cash. Tim sits at home, he has just completed a painting, it will contribute to the stash he has in the room. Tim gets an allowance, but he wants to use his cash to join his friends at the cinema. Tim believes that his paintings are of value, with positive thought he approaches Guy with a deal. One painting, for a haircut (you have to start off somewhere). Tim has basically sold his first painting.

But Tim is not positive – or brave enough to put his work out there – and decides to let his hair be for another month. Eventually, he stops painting.

Whether money comes from this or not, I hope this will inspire Tim to continue painting, to find value in doing what he loves – for himself and others – and to live passionately.

 

Godspeed

Joel

God created the universe and didn’t get money!

But He’s God, He doesn’t need any money. Shouldn’t he be able to provide for himself?

Exactly!! On this earth we work most of our time… so much so that most tend not to look at what work actually is – well at least what the Bible says it is (which is what I believe it is, but not everyone agrees). Anyway, so we go with the flow not knowing why God didn’t get money.

Why didn’t God get money for creating the universe? Well let’s not be sneaky and get straight to it. Should we get money for the work we have done? Looking at scripture, and the sheer logic of my brain, work is usually done for the future, comes with expectations, produces something (fruit), used to serve the needs and wants of someone and able to give pleasure to the worker -others might be included that I’m missing out on which you could add. Although, one might think that work is done when it produces money. And that’s what the statistics tell us, basically.

In 2015 I worked at a cinema. Nothing wrong with working at a cinema, but if it wasn’t month end or a heavily anticipated release I would finish my tasks in two hours out of the shift’s eight (maybe I’m exaggerating) , and stand around for the rest of the day waiting for something to do. Statistically speaking, I was employed and working eight hours a day and getting paid eight hours.

But statistics couldn’t fool me. After completing my tasks, the rest of the day – and my energy – was spent trying to look busy, because I didn’t want to annoy the manager or controller in charge, and looking for something to do. Looking for something to do sounds really similar to unemployment.

The Implications

If we are to serve God, worship God, be His obedient creation and seek Him wholeheartedly can we do so as the most of us have been doing? We have to consider the implications. When we work to earn instead of working to add value – for God -what are we implying. To me it seems that I’ve believed too long that money is my provider. We say we need money to live, but what does the Bible say.

“Matthew 6:24-34 (MSG)

24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.

25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Money is okay, but it’s just one of His channels of providing and sharing His riches. I believe that we need to choose the life we want. God created me, and He knows what’s best for me. The God of hope, I trust.

Work is an act, not of producing money but an act of faith where we take the steps forward to the things envisioned. And as we work to produce or serve we should strive to be able to say that the product of our work is good, just as God said as he completed his vision (Genesis 1:9-21)