There never seems to be enough time or money for what we want to do. Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to manage our schedulesbetween school, work, sports, friends, and our family. And keeping track of our moneyand using it wiselycan be just as challenging. It may not be something you think of very often, but whenever you hit a time or money crunch, a little wisdom could help. Inside the pages of this book, you’ll find biblical principles and practical tips to help you manage your resources better. You’ll even be challenged to try a few “projects” that can show you how wisdom can help you stay on top of your time and your money. As you read Wisdom on Time and Money, you’ll: • discover what the Bible says about these invaluable resources • explore your own motivations behind how you use your time and money • gain practical tools and insight to help you use wisdom in these areas of your life You’ll find that this book will open your eyes to the reasons behind some of the time and money problems in life, and reveal how wisdom can help you use these resources to better your life and the world around you.
About the Author
Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He’s the Executive director of Youth Specialties and founder of Wisdom Works Ministries and Planet Wisdom. He’s the author of several books including The Wisdom On series, Living a Life That Matters, Don’t Buy the Lie, and Raising Wise Children. Mark lives in Texas with his wife, Jade, and their two teenage children.
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Wisdom On ... Time and Money
By Mark Matlock
Copyright © 2008
All right reserved.
Chapter One EASY MONEY
Have you ever wanted something really badly? In the back of my Boy's Life magazine, there was an ad from the Johnson Smith Company for all kinds of amazing gadgets and novelties designed to grab a boy's interest. The ad was filled with wonderful items like spy cameras, X-ray glasses, insect-eating plants, plastic dog poop, garlic-flavored chewing gum, and-best of all-magic tricks.
Man, did I love magic tricks. The ad said one trick would allow me to pull money out of the air with my bare hands. I'd seen a magician on television use the trick to fill buckets with half dollars-that was the trick I had to have! For just $1.50, plus another $1 for shipping and handling, I'd be able to make unlimited amounts of cash. I showed the ad to my father, who wasn't nearly as enthusiastic as I was.
"Mark, this is all hype," he warned. "You won't be able to make real money. It's a trick."
But I knew my father was wrong. So I counted $2.50 from my piggy bank (which literally was a pig-shaped bank), handed it to my dad, and asked him to write out a check to send in with my order.
Day after day I waited for the mail carrier to arrive. How big would the box be? I wondered. How much money would I be able to make? At night I dreamed of wearing a tuxedo as I stood in front of my first grade class, pulled money out of the air, and impressed all the girls with my suave performance (not to mention my money-making potential). I also dreamed of taking my family on great vacations and being asked to perform on television.
This was the life-changing event I'd been waiting for. My package couldn't arrive fast enough! Why, oh why, did I have to wait six to eight weeks for delivery?
Finally, the big day arrived. I checked the mailbox and found a box with my name on it from the Johnson Smith Company. The box was smaller than I'd expected, but that didn't faze me. I was moments away from turning my life around. I ran up to my room and opened the red, white, and blue box with the EZ-Magic logo on the front. Inside the box I found ... a plastic coin. It was the size of a quarter, and there was a piece of double-stick tape on the back.
I read the directions:
Step 1: Remove the backing from the double-stick tape.
Step 2: Attach the coin to the back of your thumbnail.
Step 3: With your hand palm open to the audience, reach into the air as if picking something from it; this motion will reveal the coin.
Step 4: Pretend to put it into a container in which you have already placed several coins.
Step 5: Repeat, and then pour out the coins for others to examine. Real money from the air!
Remember, practice makes perfect and shhhh! Never reveal the secret.
I threw the box against the wall. Money didn't come from the air! It was a con!
My dad used the experience to teach me a lesson that I didn't fully learn until I was much older: If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
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Table of Contents
Easy Money 9
The Want 15
Time for Wisdom 19
What Time is It? 29
Time Tycoons 35
Mary Versus Martha 47
Sloth Busting 55
Living for Money Doesn't Pay 61
Living for Money Hurts...Everyone 71
You've Got to Choose 83
Wisdom for Wealth 91
Work Like it Matters 97
Shred the Credit Cards! 109
Wisdom Principles 115
Pay Your Debts 116
God Provides, Not Plastic 116
Don't Worry 118
God Likes to Give Us Cool Stuff 120
Lenders Own You 122
Your Money or Your Character? 127
Give It Away! 135
Using Wealth Wisely 147
Final Thought 157