Being 27, It seems like a lot of our married peers are starting to think about starting a family and having kids. Some already have kids and they are great parents, while other’s think they are not able to afford having kids. This begs the question, “How much money do you need to have kids?”
Some wise words from my dad were, “If you wait till you have enough, you will never have kids.” I am seeing that to be entirely true. If you have a stable job that puts food on the table and roof over your heads, how much more do you need? What is money and material possession to babies? The happiest part of their day is when you hold them and give them attention. I have a little nephew 6 months old and he is so happy being held and looking around at the world. Everything is new! He doesn’t care whether his outfit cost $30 or $5. He will spit up and blow out on it all the same!
The same lesson can be learned for us in life about anything. If we are so focused on the next thing and what it will cost to get and never take joy in everyday life we will never be content. The world around us tells us we always need more, more, and more. This puts more demands on trying to have a higher paying job to afford that more extravagant lifestyle with little to show for it. Instead focus on the things of life that actually matter like our relationship with our Savior, our family, and those around us.
There is a great passage in Matthew chapter 6 that teaches us not to be anxious about what we will eat or wear. The Lord cares for us and will provide. We do not need to worry or be anxious about such frivolous items. Keep things in perspective, stay focused on what matters eternally, not the things of this world that will drift away and be burned up.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:25-34