Are you living a Love-based life or a money-based life? It’s a question I asked a mother who was torn between working for more money or leaving her job to stay home and raise her children, which is what she wanted to do.
When our priorities are to live a Love-based life, we make decisions that enable us to follow through and realize the activities of Love. If the purchase of new and more things, cars and houses are our priority, and we need more money to follow through, then how to get that money becomes our priority. And to be honest, there is often a trade-off between seeking Love and seeking money. As Jesus Christ taught, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13, RSV).
The Good News is that one does not have to sacrifice anything good in their life to make seeking the activities of Love a priority.
I had to learn this lesson before entering the full-time practice of Christian Science. At the time, prospects for earning much money in the practice looked very dim, but it’s what I wanted to do. So, I made some critical economic decisions, like stay out of debt, reduce expenditures to what you absolutely needed, and to be happy with what I had.
I didn’t want to ever be in a position where I had to bow down to mammon and sacrifice what was most important to me. So, I committed to staying out of mammon’s grasp in the first place. I wanted to serve God.
And it worked.
My income was minimal the first few years of my new career, but my family never lacked. We always had food to eat, a place to live, and gas in the car. That was enough. I was super happy doing what I loved most, and my family grew to be healthy and strong. As I stuck with my Love-based agenda, the money eventually came.
So, my message to you is, don’t be afraid to follow through with what is spiritually best for you and your family. There is a way to do it and you will find it if you are sincere. You don’t have to spend your life serving mammon and sacrificing what is most important. Choose to serve Love, and Love will serve you.