Why do we think making money is so important? The truth is, the more money you have, the more it seems like you need. Read on for 10 things money can’t buy.
It’s an age-old truth … so what are the reasons we place so much importance on making money? What does money offer us? Security? Success? Stuff?
I have to be honest – this message is for me. Not that I love money or seek money or believe money will buy me happiness. But I have struggled to live by a budget and make ends meet my entire life. And as Ben said, the more money you have, the more it seems you need.
What Does The Bible Have to Say About It?
- The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. (1 Timothy 6:10)
- We are to keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what we have. (Hebrews 13:5)
- You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
- Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist of an abundance of possessions. (Luke 12:15)
- If you love money, you won’t be satisfied with money. (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
- And much more!
Let’s take a few moments and look closely at the Top 10 priceless things money can’t buy. Oh, there are more than 10, but here is my Top 10 list. Maybe you and I can add to the list as we become more and more grateful for those things money can’t buy.
1) Money Can’t Buy Love
Unconditional love is love without conditions or limitations. It’s simply no strings attached! When you decide and commit to offer and receive love freely, you experience unconditional love.
I’ll never forget how astonished I was when I was driving to meet my nephew. My sister-in-law was in labor, and I was determined to arrive in time to see Torrey’s arrival. What boggled me was the love I already had for Torrey … before I even met him! And I’ve loved him ever since his birth, now 30 years ago.
2) Money Can’t Buy Integrity
Integrity is your willingness to do the right thing … even when no one sees you, even when it costs.
Some folks think of integrity as giving back the change when a cashier gives you too much money or keeping a secret.
People with integrity don’t tend to gossip or stretch the truth.
One characteristic of integrity I’ve tried to work on is simply doing what I say I’ll do. Being a person of my word is important to me. I believe it’s a direct reflection of my integrity.
3) Money Can’t Buy Patience
Money can’t buy patience, but I believe you can teach yourself patience.
Inc. Magazine shares four tips to become more patient in this article.
They suggest you practice patience by making yourself wait. (That’s tough!) Road rage and being there first is something I could easily succumb to. Give someone else the parking spot. Allow that car to exit the highway first. Trust me – I don’t win any medals with this one, but I’m a work in progress.
Are you looking for some additional guidance to develop patience? Fingerprint for Success dives deep right here.
4) Money Can’t Buy Common Sense
Sound judgment, an ability to make ordinary good decisions, doesn’t require education or specialized knowledge. Common sense is when you are level-headed and able to assess and understand a situation to make a good choice.
5) Money Can’t Buy Time
No matter how hard we try, we all have the same 1440 minutes each day. Someone told my niece recently that the days go by slowly when raising a child, but the years fly quickly. So true!
Time is to be cherished. Yes, everyone is busy, but you have a choice! It’s important to set boundaries and priorities, so we spend our time wisely.
6) Money Can’t Buy Peace
When you’re unsettled or not at peace, it usually comes down to unmet expectations. Satisfaction, security, and significance are three terms that can categorize most of our basic human needs. For me, my relationship with Jesus fulfills those needs bringing me peace.
Ask yourself, where do I look to attain satisfaction? What makes me feel secure and cared for? And finally, how do I sense I have value? What makes me feel significant?
7) Money Can’t Buy Health
Sure, you can spend your money on supplements, medicine, and doctor’s visits, but it cannot replace the prevention and maintenance of good health.
God designed us to live healthy, active lives. Proper nutrition, balancing your hormones, moving your body daily, breathing deeply, hydration, and more are the components for healthy living. If you treat your body well, and it is going to serve you for years to come.
8) Money Can’t Buy Connection
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you are inherently social because you are human. We humans rely on cooperation and collaboration with each other to survive and thrive.
Introverts flourish on social interaction. They just do it in a different way than extroverted people. While extroverts may prefer crowds, parties, and meeting many new people, introverts may blossom in smaller, more intimate gatherings. Or they may choose some alone time to recharge after being a part of a large crowd.
9) Money Can’t Buy Faith
I’ve never considered myself a religious person. But my relationship with Jesus is crucial to me.
10 ) Money Can’t Buy Wisdom
We have everything we need to gain wisdom by reading God’s Word. Challenge yourself to read it every single day.
Gratitude for things money can’t buy brings joy.
Will you join me and take a moment to be thankful for these things money can’t buy?
Let’s live in gratitude for love, integrity, patience, common sense, time, peace, health, connection, faith, and wisdom.
If you’re looking for more ideas to live in gratitude, here are 2 Weeks of Prompts To Live in Gratitude.