Blog post by Joshua Vermett
My son asked for a new video game. This request was answered with the usual, “we don’t have the money for a game.” I always think of my mom saying “Do you have candy bar money!?” He couldn’t understand how I could have just been paid, and yet not have enough for a game. I had to explain what a budget is, what bills are, and how one must manage the money they have, to make it to the next paycheck. His mind reeled with the complexity of it all. He couldn’t grasp the future aspect of it.
So I tried to make it more basic. “Everything we do costs money. Even the most basic things, from washing your hands, to laying your head down at night.” Being a teen, he retorted by asking “How does sleep cost money?” I had to explain what a house payment is, along with the gas to heat the house, not to mention the sheets on his bed, and the pillow under his head. All things cost money. He then got upset with me, saying how it was all an excuse to keep him from getting the new game, which was only $50 dollars. So I told him about the electric bill…….
This may seem like a trivial moment in a father son relationship, but I took it as a good teaching exercise. A teacher can also learn from a lesson they are giving. After he had a bit of time to cool down I asked him if he understood, and he answered by saying this “ Money is stupid, that’s why its evil.”
Was this a deep, well thought out thesis? Or was it an angst driven retort? As I thought about it I had to consider the source of the phrase, Money is the root of all evil. This being a misquote, is taken from 1 Timothy, 6:10. Based on a letter written to this young pastor from the Apostle Paul. The true quote is, “The Love of money, is the root of all evil.” Completely different.
I told my son this. His response? “I would love to have $50 dollars right now!” So, I told him he would have to work for it if he wanted it that bad.
Money can be used for good, or for evil, it all depends on the intent of the person using it. First Mission wants to use it for the good of the people in the world. If you have had the same type of conversation with your child and would like to show them how money can be used for good, please consider First Mission!
My son has earned $20 dollars so far. But he’s over that game and looking at another.
Have a blessed Day!
Josh works on the board for First Mission and lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Andrew is president of First Mission. He lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Jon is a pastor living in Caro Michigan where he lives with his wife and 4 children.