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From the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation - Questions for a Money Autobiography, Pt 4 - July 2018

From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. (Luke 12:48)

From Writing a Money Autobiography by Dan Dick

A money autobiography is a reflection process on the role and influence of money and material possessions in our life. It challenges us to explore the past to see how our attitudes, assumptions, and values concerning money and wealth were formed.

Lifestyle Questions concerning money & wealth:

  • Does the fact that 2/3 of the earth’s people lives below the U.S. poverty line affect your attitude toward money? Why? Or why not?
  • How do you feel when people approach you for money on the street? When you receive phone solicitations for charities?
  • Which words best describe you and why? Affluent, comfortable, average, impoverished, poor, struggling, wealthy, working class.
  • What kind of legacy would you like to leave when you die? Of your worldly possessions, what would you leave to whom, and why?
  • One strong theme of our faith is that wealth is given for the common good of the whole community. What does this mean to you? Does anyone have a claim to your money and possessions other than you?
  • In what ways does your relationship with money affect your faith? In what ways does your faith affect your relationship with money?
  • In what ways do you feel your relationship with money is a spiritual issue? What does it mean to you to be a good steward?

It is useful to create a money autobiography journal to record your thoughts, reflections, and feelings. Then, you can return to the money autobiography journal months and years afterward.

 

Sue Koch