We all love to enjoy some luxuries every now and then. We love to spend big and get the best or the largest or the most expensive. Many coaches have even taught that you must reward yourself for doing a great job. The luxuries of life should be enjoyed and you should occasionally give yourself a treat, kick your shoes off and enjoy the desires of your heart. But this comes with a footnote. Don’t enjoy luxuries you can’t afford unless someone else is paying the tab. Many good-hearted people have fallen into financial trouble because they went out there and bought that luxurious item they couldn’t afford and don’t really need. They buy a brand new car when the old one still works fine. They buy an expensive $1000 pair of shoes they can’t afford, which looks and works just the same as the $100 pair.You should not chase after luxuries because most of them are just over marketed, overpriced, upmarket items you can’t afford, that have cheaper and sometimes better performing alternatives you can afford. I am not talking about not having the money to buy the item but rather what will be left after you buy the item. Luxuries take money out of your pocket you could have spent on something that would generate you money. Can you afford it? Will it make you more money? Is it an investment? Do you have cheaper alternatives? Do you really need it? Is there something better you could spend your money on? Or are you simply trying to show that you are a big shot? Luxuries will not make you wealthy but will surely drain your resources.
SCRIPTURE READING: PROVERBS 21:17
Indulging in luxuries, wine, and rich food will never make you wealthy.
Dear God, thank you for your bountiful blessings. Give me a quick eye to differentiate between what is necessary and what is wasteful. May I invest all the resource you give me instead of spending it on what I don’t need. In Jesus’ name. Amen