Everybody has a story when it comes to money. Whether it was a missed opportunity, a poor decision or a “can’t miss” investment, we all have a money story. Money tells us so much about ourselves, what gets us excited and what frustrates us. Money creates a moment of truth. If you want to know what somebody really values, what somebody really hopes for, what somebody's real priorities are, instead of just looking at their bank statements, look at how they handle their money, because money is the way we ultimately express what we really believe and what we really value. Most of us, probably, if we were asked, "What's your ultimate commitment in life?" would probably say, "It's God," but the really interesting question is: Would the way I handle my money confirm what my mouth would affirm?
Yet despite the power of money in our daily lives, there is a paradoxical truth about our money and our faith and here it is: Money is never about money. Money is always about trust. As we will see in this opening series of the new year, God has given us a sure fire way to escape the clutches of greed, materialism and money mismanagement. By letting go our money, we actually grab hold of our lives and experience the freedom God created us to enjoy. Over the course of this series, we will discover what it takes to be rich, to get rich and to engage in the adventure of giving, spiritually speaking. As we will see, riches have very little to do with money and everything to do with developing an attitude of generosity and giving.