A woman who ran a dormitory for male college students had an interesting technique to teach each of them the value of money. Once a month, she had the students pay their rent in cash. If they needed change, she would hand them their money using crisp and clean new bills. Her reasoning was simple. “I want them to handle the money! They gain a better appreciation of the value of money when they see and feel it in their own hands!”
So many of our current financial transactions are done electronically. We can send payments through our smart devices; we can direct our banks to make automatic payments to a variety of vendors; we can even bid on auction items via the internet. While this has greatly simplified and accelerated the process, it also may lead to lapses in tracking our finances. Recently, I discovered that one vendor was still debiting monthly payments from my bank account even though I had previously discontinued services and deleted the bank information for this account through their website. After several exchanges of emails and conference calls, the issue was resolved and I was refunded the money, but I had clearly been lax in my financial oversight of these transactions…lax because I was technologically removed from the actual exchange.
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,
for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
God expects us to be good stewards of our finances and with all of our possessions with which He blesses us. Technology can distance us from the actual transaction of money exchange. While we may not need to completely return to the luddite ways of physically exchanging money, it is a good reminder that when we see and hold the money, it makes us aware of the actual goods and services that are being exchanged. Whatever our occupation, we all need to take ownership of our financial transactions and seek to honor God through them.
Physically handling our money may be a good reminder of the great responsibility that God expects of us when handling our finances.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.