We can learn a lot from others – those who have “been there, done that.” That is certainly true in the area of stretching your ever increasingly shrinking dollar!
Some of the wisdom emanating from those we admire originated in scripture – whether they knew it or not.
“I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington
…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content; I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need (Philippians 4:11-12).
“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – F. D. Roosevelt
Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” . . . For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:31-34).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
“Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.” – Calvin Coolidge
Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5 NASB).
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau
A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked (Psalm 37:16).
“I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” – Benjamin Franklin
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NASB).
I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods…but God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:18, 20-21).
“Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” – Warren Buffett
If riches increase, do not set your heart on them (Psalm 62:10b).
There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches (Proverbs 13:7).
“Riches are long in getting with much pains, hard in keeping with much care, quick in losing with more sorrow.” – Thomas Fuller
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:20-21).
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).