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The Spiritual Aspects of Financial Planning – Part 2

08 May 2017

Separation from Money

When we do financial planning, we are actually separating ourselves from money. Most people will find this absurd. “I want to have more money. Are you telling me that I shouldn’t want it?” To separate yourself from money simply means not desiring money for its own sake!

Some of you may recall the quote “the love of money is the root of all evils…” (1 Tim 6:10, New American Bible).Money itself is not evil if you read the verse carefully: “For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.” The real evil is to desiremoney for itself that one forgets the most essential things in life. One writer cleverly summarizes it this way: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

When you do financial planning, you are telling yourself not to seek money for itself. Seeking money for its sake can corrupt the human soul. How many important relationships have ended because of the distorted desire for money? How many people are miserable despite having lots of money? Self-mastery is an important trait to have when dealing with money. Money is a powerful ally to wealth but it can distort you when not properly handled.

Purpose-Driven Money

The second spiritual aspect of financial planning is to make your money purpose-driven. Once you have self-mastery over your need of money, it should be clear why you need it. You may need it to buy a house for your family. You may need it to finance your children’s education. Or you may need it to give more to the less fortunate. Any attempt to a financial endeavor without a clear purpose for your money can be likened to blind spending!

Money with a clear and noble purpose can help achieve the ultimate end of human life. Humanity only has one particular calling: to live an authentic life in accordance with the divine will. You can find this at the beginning pages of the Bible:

“God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” (Gen. 1:27-28)

To “be fertile and multiply” not only implies an increase in physical number. Being created in the image and likeness of God, you are expected to live up to it. You must continuously develop yourself to live up to your first true calling. This is what it means to “be fertile and multiply!” When you do financial planning, you make your money help you become a well-rounded person in many aspects: financially, emotionally, spiritually, and others. The same expectation applies when you use your money to help the people around you, particularly your loved ones and your community.

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Francisco J. Colayco is an entrepreneur, a venture developer and financial advisor.  He is the Author of Seven Bestsellers in the Pera Palaguin Series, the latest of which is now available in bookstores:  “Wealth Reached. Money Worked. Pera Mo, Pinalago Mo!” Find his works and catch him on TV and radio.  Check out: www.colaycofinancialeducation.com, www.franciscocolayco.com, www.kskcoop.com, FaceBook and Instagram.

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