I grew up what many would consider poor. We didn’t have a lot of things that money can buy. We did, however, have a lot of things in our family that others didn’t have. We had lots of love. We were taught strong values. I remember one Christmas; our family was a recipient of gifts from one of the civic clubs in town. I believe that poor is a matter of perspective and attitude, but broke is the state of my bank account. I see now that we were really rich. After going several places in the world – Africa, Mexico and Nicaragua – we were definitely wealthy.
I’ve had the opportunity recently to get to know some people who are really wealthy. They are humble, loving and kind people. I believe that they realize that they are very blessed by the Lord to have what they have.
Jesus speaks to a rich man, who loved his riches. After the man walked away from Jesus, the Lord said some strong words about rich people. Check this out….
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” (Matthew 19:23-24 NLT)
I am helping facilitate a class called Financial Peace at our church. I’m reminded that money does what I tell it to do. It is hard to break bad habits – period. It seems harder to break bad money habits. Managing every dollar takes great discipline. I must practice delayed gratification. Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else now and you’ll soon be able to live & give like no one else”. (My Paraphrase).
I want to be a good giver in God’s Kingdom. I want to be known as a generous person. I want to be wealthy to be used by the Lord. I want to ALWAYS be grateful to the Lord for all I have. I want to be rich in spiritual values. I’m ok if I can build up some savings and retirement, while being a good giver too. I understand that the Lord really owns all that I have – I’m simply a manager of His resources.