I want to be RICH!

February 22, 2017

Sitting at the dining room table, my husband and I love to hear about our children’s day and talk about the future. I asked one of my sons when he was a small little one, “What do you want to be when you get older?” He said, “I want to be RICH!” We hear it all the time and many of us think the same thing. When you ask any child whether in pre-school, elementary, middle, and even high school what do they want to be when they grow up? They will quickly state, “I want to be rich”. When I asked my son why, he said, “So I can buy ANYTHING I want!” Sound familiar? How did you respond? Well we went on to answer by stating why school is important, how you need to get a good job, and be smart with your money. While all of that and more is true, there is more we failed to tell him that day but are doing our best to teach our four children now.

Guess what though, this isn’t only the mindset of our children but adults as well. Remember the 80’s song from this one hit wonder, “I want money, lots and lots of money. I want to fly in the sky…I want to be rich!” Case in point! While we were dancing away to this jam, we were thinking the same thing. We think it every time we hear the lottery jackpot is going up and think, “We can’t win if we don’t play”. We think it when we have to pay our bills each month, but will money really solve all of our problems and will it really ensure a successful life for our children?

Yes, money has power and can answer a lot of questions, but we must teach our children and remind ourselves that having a RICH life is more than just dollars in your bank account and buying whatever you want. We can have a RICH life when we focus on good relationships, physical and emotional health, when we treat others with kindness, strive for wisdom, appreciate and respect ourselves, love, and laugh. Sure money will allow you to get that new car, cute shoes, or relaxing vacation, but what’s the point if you don’t have family, friends, God, health, or peace of mind to enjoy it?

What makes your life RICH? How are you preparing your children to live a RICHer life?

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