I ran across an interesting word the other day. A word you probably haven’t heard before (how presumptious of me). That word is “Eudaimonia”.
Eudaimonia is a Greek word that is sometimes translated as “happiness” or “welfare”. But a more accurate translation is “human flourishing”. If you break it down further the “eu” part means “well” and the “daimon” part is translated as “guardian spirit”.
Ok, enough of the lesson in ancient Greek linguistics.
So why am I throwing down this Eudaimonia thing down for your consumption today? It’s because whether you’ve heard this word before or not, Eudaimonia is something you’ve probably been wanting for most of your life. I think all of us do. We all want to live a better life in one way or another. We want to flourish in health, in our relationships, in our wealth, in our work, and in our spirit.
Eudaimonia is what God promises for us if we take the actions required that will just open up that door for us. And the funny thing is, it’s not up to God to as to whether or not these great things will be bestowed upon us.
He’s made sure those blessings are already there waiting for us, available and ready. They always have been, but it’s up to us to take the actions necessary to unlock the door to the eudaimonia that He’s made available since the beginning of time.
It’s up to us.
So if your financial life (or any other part of your life for that matter) is not flourishing, if there is no eudaimonia, then start taking action.
Stop using the credit cards.
Stop wasting money because you’re not keeping track.
Stop buying stuff you don’t need because you want to feel good, only to regret it later.
Start being mindful and make a plan for how to spend your money.
Educate yourself. Learn how to turn that financial corner.
Most importantly, seek God’s wisdom when it comes to your money. When you do that, and you begin taking action, you make your life more “well” and you activate His “guardian spirit” that will become even more available to you. Then your human flourishing will be evident to you and everyone else. You will be living a life of Eudaimonia.