The Bible is said to be the inspired word of God. Whether you believe that or not, it’s certainly full of common sense and goodness. Many of us know the following verse to be true:
Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
~Proverbs 23:4-5 (NKJV)
Who has not known this to be true? How many of you out there have worked hard to build up a savings only to have something unexpected happen to wipe out a huge chunk (if not all) of that savings? How many of you find yourselves so close to the top of a hole only to slide back down and have to begin your ascent all over again? Viscous cycle, huh?
You can’t take it with you. Don’t be afraid to enjoy it while you can. Don’t go nuts and blow it all in one place or at one time, but you should use some of your hard-earned money to do things that bring you joy and happiness. For some, that may mean world travel. For others, that may mean going to the movies or to a baseball game or even simply buying a new outfit.
Sometimes this gets tricky if others are aware that you may be in a tight financial situation. They are confused when they’ve been told you can’t afford one thing yet you’ve spent money on something else. They may not realize that you set a goal and saved specifically for that thing you spent money on long before they presented their idea or situation to you. In an incident like this, it’s hard not to feel guilty about seeing your goal through and making that purchase instead of dipping into those funds and setting your goal back even further.
I realize the preceding paragraph may be a bit cryptic and hard to follow, but I hope it made sense. We found ourselves in such a predicament this year, but I’d rather not be specific about that right now. 😉
I’m not encouraging anyone to spend every last dime they earn. I’m just expressing the importance of spending a few of those dimes on yourself no matter how tight the budget may be.