It is often said that money is the root of all evil. But that is a misquotation. Money itself is not good or evil, no more than a hammer is good or evil, or a stone, or a blade. All are tools, and can be put to good use or evil. It is the mind that uses them that decides.
The actual quote is, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”(1 Timothy 6:10 KJV)
Money is inanimate. It is an idea, a medium of exchange. In fact, our money today in the United States isn’t even backed by an equivalent value of gold an longer. It truly is an idea. Many people do not even use physical currency much anymore. The vast majority of money these days is digital…it doesn’t even have a physical representation! It is nothing more than an electronic signal, ones and zeros floating around in computers. And yet people still lie, cheat and steal to obtain it.
If you pick up a tool you aren’t familiar with or don’t understand and try to use it, you are more likely to injure yourself or others than you are to accomplish anything useful. Imagine someone who had never seen a power tool picking up an electric drill, a chainsaw, or a nail gun! Money, as a tool, has the potential to be very powerful and very effective. But just like the drill, chainsaw or nail gun, it can also cause a lot of damage if it is used improperly.
In the quest for more money, many people have been led to do all sorts of things they would not have even considered otherwise. They use friends, abandon family, and drive themselves mad all in the pursuit of another penny. They may acquire vast amounts of money, but they die miserable, lonely and sick. All because they loved money more than anything else.
What are you seeking? Happiness, love? Money cannot give you these. If you are not happy without money, you will not be happy with money. If someone didn’t love you before but suddenly said they did after you had money, would you really believe them? Money will never help you find these things, but it can allow you to expand them and share them.
The proper use of money is to give us opportunities to expand our experiences, to learn, to grow, to appreciate more of the beauty in the world, and to help others. That is true wealth, not the mere possession of money.
Bob Proctor has said that you should love people and use money and never, ever get the two confused. That is one of the most simple, succinct expressions of the correct attitude toward money I have ever heard. If your heart is right, if you are seeking true wealth and not just money, if you always remember that simply formula, you need have no fear that you will let money lead you astray.