This has been burning in my mind for months… perhaps even longer… but for fear that it might hurt some of my real-life friends, I have hesitated to post it. I don’t want anyone to think this is directed solely at them because it is not. This is a habit that I see working all around me and I think that all of us, including me, could use this reminder.
Every day, I make choices. Many of those will affect me financially. Even if I become blessed enough to have unlimited monetary resources, those decisions can still make an impression on the financial status of my family. Sometimes, the impact is small and sometimes, it is significant.
Let’s think about some of those choices ~
I can choose to go out to eat and pay $50 for a meal, or I can take that $50 and pay for the rotation that will lengthen the life of my tires.
I can drop $30 a month on a data plan for my smart phone, or I can fix that leaky faucet and repair the running toilet that will eliminate excess water use.
I can purchase a $600 electronic for myself or my child because it is the newest and the best or I can buy groceries for a month (or longer) because my family needs to eat.
I am not the master of good stewardship. Far from it on many occasions. But, I am tired of hearing people rattle off lists of legitimate needs that they have chosen not to pay for because they are so busy marking items off their list of wants. We have choices to make. We can be wise and invest our money into what we should, or we can be foolish and spend our money on whatever makes us feel good at that moment.
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
~Proverbs 3 (NKJV)
But, it is hard to keep focused and to be a good steward… especially when you live on the brink financially day after day.
I will be honest. I grow tired of staying home and cooking and not having what everyone else has. This voice rises up in the back of my head that says, “But you work hard. Don’t you deserve it? You could always pay that later and do this now. Wouldn’t that make you happy?”
YES. I mean NO. I mean… Any happiness would be momentary. I have to keep focused on that and quote this to myself:
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~ Matthew 6 (NKJV)
Ultimately, that electronic will be outdated, the smart phone will be broken, and the meal will be digested and turned to… you know. What will I have gained by spending my money there? A couple of useless gizmos and a pile of poop. That’s not something I think about when I am “in the moment” but it is the truth.