False Measures of Confidence.
Some people determine value by their valuables. Their self worth by their net worth.
Believe me, this is one I struggle with daily.
Psychology Today did a survey of over 20,000 people and 74% said that money is how we keep score in life.
If you believe this survey represents the attitude of America, that means that 3/4 of America derives their self worth from money. A person value is tied to their car, house, the job they have, the status and circles they entertain and the amount of money they make.
Is this what we want to teach our children?
I have lived this first hand many times. When I was a Financial Planner, I drove a Suzuki, though I was qualified and good at my job, many people judged me competence by the car I drove.
But God tells us a different story in Psalm 20:7
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God."
Now, don't get me wrong having nice things is fine. My friend is a smart guy and worked hard for his car. However, there is a fine line between having nice things and wanting those things to derive our own self worth.
For some people their things may be clothes.
A popular women's magazine asked it's readers what they do when they feel depressed or down? The number one response: Go shopping.
We all have our material weaknesses but the point is to set the example and teach our children where our real self worth is derived from.
Proverbs 11:28 says:
"Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf."