The Bible has a lot to say about money and much that is specifically of value for someone trying to be intentional about family relationships. A financial treadmill of working and consuming can dominate your energy and thoughts to the degree that your good intentions for family relationships get squeezed out. We often think the answer to our money problems is to have a little more, but Solomon observed, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Being content with what you have doesn’t mean God can’t bless you with more.
Most Christian financial advisers stress the value in eliminating and staying out of debt as much as possible. The less debt you have, the more you’re able to focus on the “debt to love one another.” People with various relationship goals may not realize just how much those goals can be undermined by a consumer-driven culture playing on their fears and desires.
Allowing God to re-direct your fears and desires frees you up to invest in family and to give generously to other families who are praying for God’s provision.