Here's one thing I've learned during the last 21 months of freelance copywriting: money is just money.
Let me explain.
For the past decade, I have been extremely money focused. In fact, I still am money focused, although far less than I used to be.
My zeal for money caused me to do stupid things. For instance, I would spend money in haste for "get rich quick" opportunities. I would strive for money. I would get emotionally involved in the outcome of fee negotiations (which would often lead to noticeable desperation).
I now have a healthier perspective on money. For one, I don't worry about it so much anymore. I recognize that God is in control. He provides as He sees fit.
On more than one occasion, I've been out of money. I prayed and asked God to provide because He's in charge. Miraculously, He came through... and fast. Clients were calling me the very next morning! Talk about a speedy answer to prayer.
Next time money is getting you tied up in knots, consider this "hypothetical" scenario:
What if the dollar became as worthless as the Deutsche Mark in post-World War II Germany? How would you cope with that?
This is not far-fetched in the least. Every major fiat currency eventually collapses. It's only a matter of time for the dollar.
When it happens, lifetimes of wealth accumulation will go up in smoke. All our "security" will vanish. We'll discover how worthless money really is.
Psalm 20:7 is worth considering: "Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God." To trust in money is to trust in the strength of the flesh, which is really no strength at all.
Money is merely man's representation of value. It has no intrinsic value of its own.
Better to focus on creating value for people than to focus on money. Don't become attached to outcomes, which you cannot control. Stay focused on what you can control: the value you provide to others. Leave the provision (money or otherwise) up to God.