“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.” Proverbs 27:23-27 (NIV)
It jumped right out of the Bible at me the second I began reading it, though I’ve read it hundreds of times. The recent financial crisis in Cyprus must have been on my mind – where the government has taken 40-percent from both people and businesses bank accounts to help prop up the country’s failing financial system.
We all can’t be completely self-reliant but our efforts should be toward being as debt free as possible and capable of producing something useful that we can rely on to help sustain us. Being dependent on others or a government is not good.
There are circumstances where we have no choice but to lean on the help of other people but our efforts should be to work hard, prepare for our old age, and to give our children the best start in life we can provide, both spiritually and physically. Sadly, since World War II we’ve tended to view pleasure as a need with a lot of our money spent on things that tend to leave us unprepared and eventually leaving us dependent on others for support.
Work hard, work smart, and say no to yourself at least once a day, make your pleasures a treat and not a daily need. Put away money for your own old age, and teach yourself and your kids to be as self-reliant and self-disciplined as possible.
Lay your wants aside, care for your needs first and shield your assets.