- Gender and Relationships
10 Things Money Can't Buy (in no particular order)
...because the best things in life are free!
This lens contains a list of 10 things that can't be bought with money. Truly, the best things in life are indeed free. I enjoy lots of awesome and exciting things that I have bought with money - Starbucks coffee, my home, cars, clothing, books, music and computers - which bring temporary joy and delight. But the truly valuable and lasting joys that I experience on a day-to-day basis simply cannot be obtained with cash. In fact, the things that can't be bought actually cause me to enjoy the purchased things so much more! I am thankful that my life is filled with wonderful things; pleasures of life that are priceless. Some have taken years to obtain, to understand and appreciate; others are simply gifts from God. Here is my attempt to describe a few of those things.
Christopher Reeve said, "Once you choose hope, anything's possible." He was exactly right. With hope, you can face trials confidently, believing things will get better. Without hope, challenges seem 10 times larger than they really are - and you may not even have the courage to try to overcome them. But hope is free. You can't buy it. Good news: the Bible says that God is the source of hope!
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him..." The Bible, Romans 15:13
2. PEACE OF MIND
Wikipedia says - "Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships..." Nothing can take the place of this very valuable commodity. It can't be bought.
Philippians 4:7 says - "Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
If you have enough confidence, you can do just about anything! You will be able to attain things in life that you or no one else would ever believe you could do. Confidence can make or break your future plans. It can mean the difference between success and failure. If you don't have the confidence to try something - you will never succeed at it.
"And this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." I John 5:14-15
You can't buy forgiveness...but the forgiveness from God is free for the taking. You see, the bible says in II Cor. 5:19 that God has ALREADY forgiven us of all our sins. "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation."
The only thing we do to receive it is to acknowledge it - then pass it on to everyone you know. The Bible also says - "freely you have received, freely give..." (Matt. 10:8) Pay it forward! Give forgiveness to those in your life who have hurt you. Forgiveness does not mean that you approve of the wrong; you are releasing yourself from the hurt and anger. Unforgiveness only serves to hinder US, not the other person. It's like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die...forgiveness = freedom.
Your time is limited; therefore, it is precious. It is free, yet priceless. You can't go back and relive time that has passed by. Value every moment that you have.
The Bible says in Colossians 4:5 to "redeem the time," which simply means "turn in your time ticket and get what's coming to you." Time that has passed cannot be bought back. Live in the "now" - make every moment count. Time cannot be regained; once it is used up, it is lost forever...
Take control of your time; start living on purpose.
6. A HAPPY MARRIAGE
You can't buy a happy marriage. Only the day in and day out of commitment and love for one another will bring it about. Whatever you invest into your marriage, you will get back again, multiplied many times over.
In every marriage, there are times when you may not even feel like you love your spouse anymore, but commitment is what should hold you to them until those feelings return. Feelings follow actions - start acting like you are in a happy marriage, serving your mate with unselfish love, and the feelings will come back. When you invest in your spouse with time, understanding and loving actions, you can have something that no amount of money can buy - a happy marriage!
"Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage." Heb. 13:4
The Beatles said it first: ...money can't buy me love. :)
The Bible says that "three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love." It also says that "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17
He loved you before you were born...He sent His Son so that you could know love beyond your wildest dreams. The love of God is so beyond our human comprehension. We are the apple of God's eye; His thoughts about us "outnumber the grains of sand." Psalm 139:18
We are called to love God and to love others as ourselves...that is the ultimate checklist for life - every action we make should reflect one or both. Before you make a decision, ask yourself: Is this loving God and/or loving my neighbor as myself?
“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.” Patrick Overton
Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by FAITH, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory. Romans 5:1-2
The definition of Trust is "reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence." Trust is strengthened through time and testing. It can't be bought. When you choose to trust someone, you are taking a chance that they may hurt you. After you know someone for a while, and you have seen how they make you feel, your trust in them begins to grow. Every relationship is based on trust - it is the foundation for any relationship to succeed.
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5
Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's! Psalm 103:2-5.
I am actually talking about walking in divine health where you and your family have little or no sickness on a daily basis. I am not saying that you will never face sickness. But I have seen God do great things to restore my health and the health of my family. If you have a disease that the medical community does not have a cure for, no amount of money is going to help you. My son drowned when he was 3 years old and was not expected to live. We prayed and God healed him completely - while he was receiving medical treatment at the hospital - he is now 14 years old and has continued to stay healthy since then.
This is my son in the photo above :)