“Can you be my wealth stewardess?” – God

One thing I have learned in the years I have been working in Singapore is that there is nothing wrong with making money and becoming wealthy, as long as you know why you want to become wealthy.

I firmly believe that we don’t own anything that does not belong to God.

Our time, energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships and resources are all gifts from God; gifts that have been entrusted to our care and management. This makes us stewards of whatever He bestows upon us, which includes money. The money we make and the wealth we generate is that which God gives us to use on our journey here on Earth. That being said, money will not be handed to you, you have to work hard and earn it. The first thing you need is a job.

I went to Singapore with enough money for a month and the hope that I would find a job in that time. However, the money ran out fairly quickly and my friend and cousin had to support me. In reality it took me two months to find work.

Getting a job is just the beginning. You have to be able to earn enough to provide for your own living expenses, including rent, bills and transport.

One of the most important things to do after getting a job (if not before) is to open a bank account. My parents never had a bank account; my mom used to keep the family’s money in a wallet, which she would put ‘somewhere safe’, and more often than not she would forget where she had put it.

Obviously every situation is different, but in the majority of circumstances migrant workers need more than one job to make enough money to cover all their financial commitments. This is where we put care on managing our finances.

There is always the temptation to ‘make a quick buck’, but there is no such thing as getting rich quick (unless you win the lottery). One must always research any money-making schemes to ensure they are not scams. You don’t want to end up like Mr. Instant!

“I can’t afford to waste my time making money.” – Jean Louis Agassiz

(excerpt from Home At Last book)