Opinion: Your heart grows toward the place your money goes.
Commentary by Mike Colaw
A few years back I started investing in penny stocks. I don’t put my real retirement in penny stocks, but I was curious how they worked and why people love to invest in them. In the process, I discovered something powerful that has very little to do with penny stocks. Our hearts grow toward the places our money goes.
One of the stocks I bought into was a drilling company in the south. Until I bought in I had never heard of the company. After I bought into it something interesting happened – I started to care. It wasn’t all that noticeable at first, I just found myself looking through websites about drilling every so often. I also started deeply researching the company, decisions they had made and decisions they were making. At one point, I noticed a surge of frustration well up inside me at a corporate decision they had made.
My heart was growing toward the place my money was going. Before my money went there I honestly didn’t care at all. That little drilling company had no part of my heart. Now they do, and I paid them to take it.
Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When people read this verse they almost always think of it in two ways. First, they think it only applies to church stuff. It’s actually an observation of the human heart in general. Second, they wrongly walk away twisting what it says. Most people think the verse states that you should give to the places that have your heart. That’s not necessarily wrong, but it’s not what this verse says. It is saying that your heart will grow toward the places that you place your money. Your money goes first; your heart follows it. We all pay things to take our hearts. It could be cars, technology, stocks, a house, clothes … you name it. If you are investing a significant amount of your resources toward it, your heart will grow that direction. This is good and bad news. The bad news first is most of us are growing our hearts toward trivial things. The good news is today you can begin to grow your heart toward things that really matter. How? Invest in them.