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Money: A Blessing OR A Curse? By Fariha Khan

Fariha Khan
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Money: A Blessing or A Curse
پیسہ: ایک نعمت یا ایک لعنت
पैसा: एक आशीर्वाद या एक अभिशाप

In order for money to become a blessing, it must be earned and spent honestly.

 “Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”
“Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.”
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”
“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”

Money is only a blessing if you have it, it becomes a curse if it has you.

Like a coin, money has two sides and can be used for good or bad. Money can help with many aspects of life, such as providing for your family’s daily needs and your children’s education. It can be viewed as a divine gift that, when applied correctly, can bring blessings and happiness to others. Careless handling, on the other hand, could lead to one’s own downfall and a chaotic, desperate world. Money is a very strong instrument with two pointed edges!

A man sitting in a pile of money with a book in his hand.

When you put money in perspective and recognize why it was given to by Almighty God, it becomes a blessing instead of a curse. Wealth is a blessing to those who know how to handle it and a curse to those who don’t; it is derived from the mind of the possessor. Money is truly a blessing if we want to serve others and not for personal gain. It is up to each of us to figure out if it is a blessing or a curse. Money is an important resource, and although we all eventually feel its financial impact, very few people learn how to correctly manage it. We work hard for it, couples fight over it, and some individuals have even committed crimes for it. how to think about and handle money. If we don’t apply Godly principles to it, money can turn from a blessing into a curse.

Money appears to have a strange power over some people who are willing to compromise their morals and give up everything they hold dear for a price, even though on the surface it is just paper and coins. These people have unintentionally elevated money to the status of a god. Some view things entirely differently. They understand that it’s merely a tool and that there are other things in life that are far more significant than wealth. We may have heard the saying “money is the root of all evil,” but that’s not quite correct. It’s the love of money that is the root of all evil. It’s okay to have money, if we control it without letting it control us. We see people do all sorts of things to hurt themselves or others for the sake of wealth, which is a tip-off that they’re thinking incorrectly in this area. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: Most people don’t consider money to be a blessing or a curse, but how we relate to it can have an impact on our lives. If you want God’s blessing on your finances, you must be honest about them that includes wages, salaries, and taxes. “It is better to be poor and honest than to be foolish and tell lies”  Why is this an important principle? When you’re going through a season of financial stress, the temptation is enormous to toss out your integrity and to cheat in order to make ends meet. It may mean you shade the truth on a sale or exaggerate or deflate the value of something. It may mean you claim a false deduction on your taxes. You always lose when you make those kinds of choices. You always lose in the long run when you lose your integrity. And that’s what you are taking to heaven: your character, not your money. Earning money dishonestly brings problems with it, or put another way, it becomes a curse. Why? If you rip off people, other people are going to rip you off. If you cheat others, you’re going to get cheated in life. What you sow, you will reap. This decision to be honest in your finances is not something you make once for all. It’s a daily decision. You’re going to be tempted to lie. Although being honest can sometimes come at a cost, you should always be honest if you want your finances to work as a blessing for you and your family.
Free vector rich man flat cartoon poster with fat businessman amidst flying dollars on gold mount top

What is your attitude regarding money? Is accumulating wealth your goal in life, or is money a necessary tool to obtain something greater? You and others will be blessed if you use your money to support the underprivileged and needy.

God doesn’t just give you resources for your own enjoyment but to make a difference in the world around you. God never blesses you just so you can sit on what you have. He blesses you so you can bless others. Your blessings to others will come back to you. 

A woman and children sit on rope beds amidst rain waters besides their damaged house following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Dera Allah Yar, district Jafferabad, Balochistan on August 25, 2022. — ReutersYour Money can be a great blessing, both to you and to those in need.
Pakistan: A group of boys scrambles for bread rations -- Photo Courtesy -- DawnThose who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

Everyone is aware of the wealthiest individuals in our country and around the world, both through
personal experience and news reports. They live in homes that line the fairways and are worth countless millions. Every month, they go on extravagant shopping sprees, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is not meant to disparage the rich and their choices. It is their lifestyle to drive big luxury cars, build oceanfront homes, play on the finest golf courses, stay in elegant hotels, dine in the most prestigious restaurants, and journey around the world in business class or your own private plane. However, they continue to feel this empty inside feeling that they are pursuing an unattainable dream.

Wealth is one thing, contentment and joy are another. We may know many wealthy people that are broken and still searching for meaning and contentment. There is nothing wrong with luxury houses, cars or wealth; but there are more important things in life. Wealth isn’t necessarily a sign of God’s blessing—and in fact money will become a curse to us if we worship it and allow it to take over our lives. In fact, some of the most miserable people in the world who had great wealth—and yet their souls were empty, deep down they were poor. They thought money would bring them happiness and security, but it didn’t—and it never will.  But Not every rich person is like this, of course, but some take great satisfaction and pride in their wealth. Tragically, however, they allow money to control them, and if they were to lose their wealth, they’d have nothing.

Billionaires like David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates and many other had set up foundations and/or partnership programs “saving lives” everywhere their money reaches; heavily donated to depopulation efforts and charities to the needy. They establishes several educational institutions to provide opportunities for the handicapped and less privileged members of the society to acquire education free of charge; demonstrate practical and effective charity that will lead to peace in the heart of many through out the world.


Hence, money can be either evil or a blessing. It really depends on how people spend it. Those who have been blessed with wealth like Bill Gates who shared generously with the poor saw money as a vehicle to be used to serve our Maker. On the other hand, those who use their passion for money to promote and support illegal activity will eventually come to an end, and their deeds shall decide their fate one day.

Bill Gates, who has been one of the wealthiest men in the world for decades, made his fortune as the co-founder of Microsoft. The company, which was a key player in the personal computer revolution in the 1990s, eventually became a corporate behemoth, and Gates became a household name as a tech titan and business magnate. In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates, alongside billionaire investor Warren Buffett, founded the “Giving Pledge,” a movement encouraging other billionaires to donate most of their wealth to charity either during their lifetimes or after their deaths. The voluntary group now includes more than 200 families and individuals from more than 20 countries.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the second-largest charitable organization in the world by assets, with an endowment worth nearly $70 billion. Through the foundation, Gates has reportedly donated more than $50 billion since 1994 to eradicate diseases, promote education, and advance gender equality, and the millions of needy and impoverished people around the world benefit from their money.

The future our grandchildren deserve But I still believe we can make the world better for the next generation… Bill Gates

Bill Gates’s vision of using money as a blessing:

“For its part, the Gates Foundation is putting much more money into the areas where we work. In July we announced that we intend to increase our spending by half, from nearly $6 billion per year before COVID to $9 billion per year by 2026. To help make this spending increase possible, I transferred $20 billion to the foundation’s endowment. We know we will keep the same priorities, and in our recent strategy reviews, we allocated about half of the increase. We will allocate the other half in future reviews so we can stay flexible, directing the additional money to the areas of greatest need over the next couple of years.

Our secret weapon, which should not be secret at all, is the incredible generosity of Warren Buffett. Since 2006, his gifts to the foundation have totaled about $45 billion, if you count the appreciation of Berkshire Hathaway stock after it was given. I believe this is the largest gift ever given, and thinking about it fills me with awe and gratitude and a sense of responsibility to make sure it is spent well.”

But on the other hand money too, is dangerous. When money is used for purely personal and selfish purposes, it turns into a curse or an evil. People fall into temptation and trap into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge their lives into ruin and destruction; and this led to their downfall. You become a slave and money is your master. The craving for wealth and possessions can lead into all kinds of temptation.

You must remember that wealth is not the most important thing in life; nor is poverty the worst thing that can happen to you: What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar. We need love far more than we need riches. Integrity of character is far more important than money.

Some people are less fortunate; life is not kind to all of us. While you might be lucky enough to live a comfortable life, others don’t have a roof over their head or food to put on the table. You won’t be able to help everyone in need, but your gesture, no matter how small, will definitely make a difference.

Helping others is not always about giving them money or material things. Some people just need a shoulder to cry on or some good advice. And you don’t necessarily have to be friends with someone to be there for them. This is simply about being human and caring about other people’s well-being.

It really doesn’t matter who you are or how much you have to offer. Be kind just for the sake of it and expect nothing in return.

Children scavenge through the garbage in this file photo.Helping those in need will turn your money into a blessing.

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”
“Money is numbers and numbers never ends. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.”
“The only way to be content in life to make sure your needs don’t become greed.”
“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.”
It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.”

Economic Survey notes measures taken to address crisis caused by pandemic. — AFP/FileMoney becomes a blessing when it serves as a helping hand. Never, ever turn away someone who is reaching out for help.

The next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? And which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?”
“Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.”
“If it’s only about money we are hopeless. If it’s about people we are hopeful.”
“Making money isn’t hard in itself… What’s hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one’s life to. ”
“As you become a blessing to others, you set yourself up to be blessed.”

The programme intends to reach 61 million people across Pakistan, with a budget of $1.6 billion. -Reuters/FileUsing your money to feed the hungry is a blessing.

The next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? And which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?”
““The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
“Do some selfless service for people who are in need. Consider the whole picture, not just our little selves.”
“If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.”
“Money is a funny thing…the more you worry about it the less you have. The less you care the more you have.”
“It’s good be blessed but it’s better to be a blessing.”

 

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